Moving Knowledge to Practice Analysis Descriptive Essay

A paper for nurses on the evidence-based guidelines for managing disease processes in community based settings.
# 150612 | 1,085 words | 1 source | APA | 2011 | US

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Beginning with an introduction to the question of problems that the elderly face in nursing hospitals, it becomes clear the paper's focus is largely on pneumonia. The essay pulls mainly from the article, "Evidence-based guidelines for management of nursing home-acquired pneumonia", an article by Evelyn Hutt, M.D. and Andrew M. Kramer, M.D., published in the August 2002 edition of The Journal of Family Practice. It looks at the development of "comprehensive evidence and consensus-based guidelines" for managing nursing home-acquired pneumonia in the elderly is discussed. Their data and recommendations based on that data are included in the article which gives instruction on how to best handle the identified problem of nursing home-acquired pneumonia.

Problem, Question, and Need for Change
Change Agents, Target Audience, and Stakeholders
Body of Knowledge, Synthesize and Extract Clinical Meaning
Adapt the Knowledge - Design Innovation to Local User
Dissemination Plan, Evaluation Plan, Pilot Test the EB Practice
Evaluate the Process and Implement Practice Change
Evaluation of the Outcome

From the Paper:

"A care pathway for nursing home-acquired pneumonia was created and put into place. Guidelines were rated by participants based on "how confident they were that the recommendation should be included as part of the proposed guidelines using the 5-point Likert scale, with 1 denoting not confident and 5 denoting confident" (Hutt & Kramer, 2002, p. 712). The care pathway was based on the nurse being able to notice and then report the symptoms of possible upper respiratory issues or pneumonia to the physician or nurse practitioner in a timely fashion. Recommendations were put into place. Those with symptoms were either sent to the hospital based on severity, or kept at the nursing home and cared for. Those at the facility were monitored closely for any change in the severity of issues.
"There was no evaluation plan discussed. This could have been done, however, in a timely fashion so that the recommendations put into place could be tested to fine tune them and ensure they actually work. The EB Practice was pilot-tested after the participants were screened. Guidelines for how to actually diagnose the pneumonia were written up, and the information was given to the facility so that those with symptoms can be properly identified as good case studies."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hutt, M.D., E. Kramer, M.D., A. (2002, August 1). Evidence-based guidelines for management of nursing home-acquired pneumonia. The Journal of Family Practice. Retrieved October 7, 2011 from

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