Ease of access to vast amounts of information presents significant opportunities and challenges for nurses in the community as they seek to base their practice on the ‘best’ available evidence. Growing expectations around evidence based practice have developed alongside developments in evidence synthesis which adopts robust approaches to identifying, appraising and synthesising key evidence for clinical decision making. The context in which evidence based practice occurs is key and we discuss here the skills and knowledge needed for community nurses to discern how evidence and information should influence their decisions to review and change approaches to clinical practice. Importantly, if nurses understand the status of evidence underpinning areas of practice they can ensure the preferences and needs of patients and families are met.
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