Training session focuses on systematic review

2014-06-25T16:15:00Z 2014-06-25T17:08:56Z Training session focuses on systematic reviewVanessa Renderman, (219) 933-3244

MUNSTER | The meeting room on the first floor of the Hampton Inn and Suites Munster is at capacity this week, a sign that the all-day, week-long training session is dealing with a topic that's catching on.

The Indiana Center for Evidence Based Nursing Practice, located at Purdue University Calumet's College of Nursing, is hosting systematic review training, drawing attendees from across the country, according to Lisa Hopp, director of the center and professor in the College of Nursing at Purdue Calumet.

"Systematic reviews are considered the ideal evidence to inform decision-making in health care because of the exhaustive search, appraisal of the quality and rigor of the science, the analysis and finally the bottom-line conclusions for practice," Hopp said.

She and Leslie Rittenmeyer, deputy director of the center and a professor of nursing at Purdue Calumet, have been training nurses, library scientists, educators, advanced practice nurses and other health care providers in that research methodology for about a decade, Hopp said.

Understanding systematic reviews as the cornerstone of evidence-based health care has taken a foothold, she said.

The Institute of Medicine established a goal that by 2020, 90 percent of clinical decisions be evidence-based, Hopp said.

Training attendee Jennifer Embree, clinical assistant professor at IU School of Nursing in Indianapolis and president of the Indiana State Nurses Association, said having the best evidence means providing the best care for patients.

And systematic review leads to structuring practices for the best outcomes, she said.

Cynthia French, a nurse practitioner who holds a doctorate in nursing and works for UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., and for the American College of Chest Physicians, chose this week's training over other seminars because of its pluralistic methodology.

It uses both qualitative and quantitative information, she said.  

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