Evidence-Based Practice Resources for Rehabilitation Nurses

ARN is committed to providing clinical, evidence-based practice (EBP) resources to rehabilitation nurses to help elevate and support their rehab practice. Below we've included several publications as a foundation for rehab nurses to consider in your care planning; additional resources will be added as they are identified.

What is Evidence-Based Nursing?

Evidence-based nursing is defined as searching the literature and utilizing the best available evidence, in addition to considering clinical expertise and patient values or preferences as related to a patient care problem or question, to make patient care decisions that provide the best possible patient outcomes. (DiCenso, Guyatt, & Ciliska, 2005; Flodgren, Rojas-Reyes, Cole, & Foxcroft, 2012; Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2011; Pierce, 2007).

ARN's Evidence-Based Rehabilitation Nursing: Common Challenges and Interventions

Get your questions answered on evidence-based approaches to rehab nursing with this 2nd edition publication, available only in hard copy. The book covers 17 patient problems, from bowel and bladder to nutrition and mobility. For each focus area, it provides scientific evidence and then evaluates the evidence and lists five essential steps for practice to support evidence-based rehab nursing care.

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Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Practice Guideline

ARN and the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) have partnered with the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN) in the development of the Care of the Patient with Multiple Sclerosis clinical practice guideline. This is the second guideline to be developed collaboratively between ARN and AANN and promotes evidence-based practice for the adult patient with multiple sclerosis (MS) across the continuum of care.

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AHA Statement on Post-Stroke Depression

"Poststroke Depression: A Scientific Statement for Healthcare Professionals From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association," published in Stroke, an AHA Journal, is a multispecialty statement providing a comprehensive review of the current evidence and gaps in current knowledge of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, outcomes, management, and prevention of PSD, and provides implications for clinical practice.

This statement is particularly relevant to rehab nurses, as it contains significant information about interventions and outcomes, which can impact the quality of care and assure best practices are implemented.

AHA Guidelines for Adult Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery

The "Guidelines for Adult Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery" published in Stroke, an AHA Journal, aim to provide a synopsis of best clinical practices in the rehabilitative care of adults recovering from stroke. These guidelines provide valuable information on early-supported discharge (ESD) rehab nursing services, prevention, medical management of comorbidities, and much more.

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