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Stanford Healthcare is an Affiliate group of JBI, joining over 70 other organizations around the world, contributing to this mission through the conduct of systematic reviews and translation of research into practice at the bedside.

Joanna Briggs Institute

The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is the international, not-for-profit research and development center associated with the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, in South Australia. The Institute was established in 1996 to improve the health status of the global population by facilitating the translation, transfer, and utilization of evidence-based nursing practice. Stanford Healthcare was recently appointed as an Affiliate group of JBI, joining over 70 other organizations around the world, contributing to this mission through the conduct of systematic reviews and translation of research into practice at the bedside.

A systematic review aims to uncover “all” of the evidence relevant to a clinical question. This body of literature is then evaluated for its merit and contribution to practice, resulting in a comprehensive and unbiased synthesis and summary of the existing information. There are many types of systematic reviews including umbrella reviews that synthesize existing systematic reviews and meta-analyses; scoping reviews which seek to identify the nature and extent of existing evidence related to an identified area of interest; and both qualitative and quantitative reviews that examine topics such as prevalence and incidence, policy, healthcare costs and diagnostic test accuracy among others.

The primary goal of the Stanford Center for Translational Nursing Science is to improve clinical effectiveness and patient outcomes. The Stanford Affiliate will support a culture of inquiry by providing a forum for nurses to question current practice and identify gaps in meeting patient needs; resources to generate and synthesize evidence to address identified gaps; a platform for disseminating evidence throughout the organization and support for more global knowledge sharing; and by aligning evidence and clinical practice at the bedside.

Over the next 2 years the core group, led by Barbara Mayer, PhD, RN, Director of Professional Practice and Clinical Improvement and including Mary Lough, PhD, RN, CNS; Karla Schroeder, DNP, RN; Patrice Duhon, MSN, RN; Ann Mitchell, MSN, RN, CNS; and Stacy Serber, PhD, RN, CNS, will establish the Affiliate structure here at Stanford and complete our initial systematic reviews. Our long-term goal is to become a full Center of Excellence within JBI and to continue supporting evidence-based nursing practice.

Core Group members have established an agenda for initial reviews and will be seeking clinical partners to assist in the review process. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Mayer at bmayer@stanfordhealthcare.org or 650-497-6737.

Article By: Barbara Mayer

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