Purpose and procedure
The general purpose of Evidence-Based Nursing is to select from the health-related literature* those articles reporting studies and reviews that warrant immediate attention by nurses attempting to keep pace with important advances in their profession. These articles are described, critiqued and commented on by nurses and other health professionals.
The specific purposes of Evidence-Based Nursing are:
to identify, using predefined criteria, the best quantitative and qualitative original and review articles on the meaning, cause, course, assessment, prevention, treatment, or economics of health problems managed by nurses and on quality improvement
to provide a description and expert commentary on the context of each article, its methods, and the clinical applications that its findings warrant
to disseminate the summaries in a timely fashion to nurses
The RCN Publishing Company Limited and the BMJ Publishing Group publish Evidence-Based Nursing.
Criteria for selection and review of articles for abstracting
All articles in a journal issue are considered for inclusion if, based on their abstracts, they meet the following basic and category-specific criteria:
original or review articles
quantitative and qualitative studies
about topics that are important to the clinical practice of nurses in any setting
analysis of data consistent with the study question
Category-specific criteria (quantitative studies)
Studies of prevention or treatment must also include:
random allocation of participants to comparison groups …