Strategies for learning evidence-based practice: Critically appraising clinical practice guidelines

Joanne Singleton, Rona Levin

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Nurse educators have a mandate to educate our students about using an evidence-based practice approach to clinical decision making. At the Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University, faculty have successfully integrated evidence-based practice into the family nurse practitioner curriculum. This article describes one teaching-learning strategy to help students learn how to critically appraise clinical practice guidelines using the AGREE instrument. There are several steps to the learning exercise: completing preparatory reading, obtaining the guideline that forms the focus of the assignment, working as teams, using the AGREE tool to assess the guideline's validity, and reporting team findings to the entire class. Students have found this learning activity helpful in preparing them for clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)380-383
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Education


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