(Gerrish 2006) suggest that evidence based practice consists of research, patient experience and clinical expertise.
It is important to address which research findings nurses should consult to inform their clinical practice in order for them to deliver adequate care to their patients.
Quantitative research is most often encountered as part of formal or conclusive research.
Quantitative techniques are part of primary research.
Research can be described as a method of investigating a chosen area to illicit new information on the topic or to build on previous knowledge.
In nursing research the aim of this research is to provide clients, their carers and their families with the best possible care in all aspects of their treatment to promote wellbeing (Burns and Grove 2001).There are many different types of evidence available to practitioners; Gray Muir (1997) as cited in Gerrish (2006) outlines a hierarchy of evidence and indicates which types are more superior.Placed at the top of the hierarchy are systematic reviews and multiple randomised controlled trials (RCTs).In this technique, researchers used deductive reasoning to generate hunches that are tested in the real world. The author of this essay intends to explore and illustrate an understanding of the various types of evidence used within nursing practice.“The conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.The practice of evidence based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external evidence from systematic research.” (Sackett et al 1996;72) Nurses are at the frontline of healthcare and have most one to one contact time with clients; therefore it is essential that the foundation of their practice be formed from reliable evidence (Parahoo 2006).Evidence-Based Nursing Practice: A Qualitative Approach Nursing in today's world requires more than just caring for the ill and maintaining wellness of the public.Nurses are expected to deliver the highest possible quality of care while being mindful of costs.The Cochrane Collaboration supply research material which is available to everyone.Their aim as an organisation is to provide health care workers, clients and their carers with information on the most current and reliable evidence used within health care settings.