Research, quality improvement (QI), and evidence-based practice (EBP) are knowledge-based methods used to enhance nursing practice. Nurses need to conduct studies to fill empirical gaps of knowledge (research), continually monitor health care practices and processes (QI), and systematically compile and review evidence (EBP). Research, QI, and EBP are valuable instruments within the health care setting as they can benefit the patient, families, health care team members, and the nursing profession, but it is important to understand when and how to use each method. This article will differentiate between and provide examples of research, QI, and EBP by focusing on the characteristics and purposes of each method. Clinical issues and concerns can transform practices based on evidence through the proper use of these methods. Nurses are highly motivated to create the best possible environment of healing for their patients. Therefore, it is essential that nurses use research, QI, and EBP so pediatric oncology knowledge can continue to evolve.
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