The QSEN project addresses the challenge of preparing future nurses with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems within which they work. This website is a central repository of information on the core QSEN competencies, KSAs, teaching strategies, and faculty development resources designed to best support this goal.
The NGC mission is to provide physicians and other health care professionals an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation, and use.
The process of shared decision-making between practitioner, patient, and others significant to them based on research evidence, the patient's experiences and preferences, clinical expertise or know-how, and other available robust sources of information. (Sigma Theta Tau International, 2008)
PICOT is an acronym that helps one remember the key components of a well focused question. The question needs to identify the key problem of the patient, what treatment or tests you are considering for the patient, what alternative treatment or tests are being considered (if any) and what is the desired outcome to promote or avoid.
What are the characteristics of the patients or people? What is the condition or disease you are interested in?
What are the interventions or therapies? What do you want to do with this patient (ie: treat, diagnose, observe)?
What is the main alternative to compare with the intervention (ie: placebo, different drug, surgery)?
What are the outcomes or consequences in which we are interested (ie: morbidity, death, complications)?
T=Time What is the time frame?