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Designing Evidence-based Practice

If you are interested in a model for designing approaches in practice that are evidence-based, this is the article for you!  The article is titled Development and Testing of an Intervention to Improve Outcomes for Partners Following Receipt of an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator in the Patient” and is authored by Cynthia M. Dougherty, PhD, FAHA, FAAN, ARNP; Elaine A. Thompson, PhD, RN; and Peter J. Kudenchuk, MD, FACC, FAHA.  Go to the ANS web site while this article is featured, and you can download a copy of the article free of charge!

This “Editor’s Pick” article describes how the authors used the results of three research studies to design and test a “patient and partner” nursing intervention for patients in the time after they return home from receiving an implantable cardioverter defibrillator. Dr. Dougherty has shared this photograph of the team that worked on this project, and a brief description description of their work:


P+P Research Team, University of Washington, School of Nursing, 2012

Back Row:  Dr. Elaine Thompson (Author), Lisa Foley, Susanne Steffes, Chayna Davis, Lisa Hales, Mary Strasser.

Front Row:  Pagna Prom, Seieun Oh, Caylene Castagno, Dr. Cynthia Dougherty (Author).

Since 1990, Dr. Dougherty has been working with patients who suffer cardiac arrest and receive an ICD and their families.  This research program spans numerous iterations in the technological development of the implantable defibrillator (ICD) as well ever changing patient populations who are eligible to receive the ICD.  The paper outlines a series of investigations that have lead to the formal testing of the patient and partner (P+P) intervention after ICD study, currently funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH.


April-June issue now available – Practice-Based Evidence

This is a terrific issue of ANS that you will not want to miss!  The Table of Contents is on the ANS web site, where you can go directly to details about each article.  This issue focuses on the topic “Practice-Based Evidence” but also features commentaries about two previously published articles that raised quite a bit of reader response!  These commentaries are available as free downloads in the “Featured Articles” section of the Home Page.

Here is some background on the commentaries.  The article by David Keepnews titled Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Issues and Nursing: Moving Toward an Agenda is a thoughtful response to the article published last fall in ANS 33:3.  That article, titled Nursing’s Silence on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues: The Need for Emancipatory Efforts is based on an analysis by Eliason, Dibble and DeJoseph examining content in nurse journals with high impact-factor scores.  Their analysis revealed Read more

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