Research and Evidence-Based Practice


What did 2011 bring for CVMC’s Research and Evidence-Based Practice Program?

New clinical studies and projects, greater participation in research and EBP education, and a commitment to engage more Medical Center healthcare providers in some research and/or EBP activity – no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.

Were we successful?  You be the judge.
“I believe anything is possible … all you have to do is be awake and aware of your environment, and that enables you to transform everything around you.”    –   Christine Anderson

Research and Evidence-Based Practice activities at CVMC

During the calendar year of 2011, thirteen proposals received IRB approval – 4  undergraduate, 6 postgraduate and 3 provider or coordinator-led studies.  Three new point-of-care teams were formed with EBP or research projects, but have not yet reached the proposal stage.  These 3 are in addition to 5 ongoing research studies that began in previous years. Abstracts were accepted for a regional and a national meeting, and CVMC employees were published in two articles.   Check out the “Hooked on Research” section of this nursing annual report to learn more.


The year began with the Research and EBP Saturday Morning Clinic in January where 54 CVMC staff participated in 129 courses/activities.  This half-day clinic provided attendees an opportunity to earn contact hour credit for 3 of 4 courses: Let’s Get Cooking with EBP, Searching the Literature, Appraising the Literature, and Grading the Evidence.  EBP Journal Club was also offered and two Critically Appraised Topics (CAT) sessions.



Here is what the Saturday Morning Clinic scholars had to say: 

I thought the Saturday morning clinic was a great idea!  It is not always easy to get away  

during the week, and having the 


opportunity to complete several sessions on the same day was very convenient.  The information was valuable and well presented.”  Sheri Combs, MSN, FNP-BC, Family Nurse Practitioner

It was incredible; it was little bit like being back in graduate school again.  I only wish that my fellow physicians would take advantage of this opportunity…the world is passing us by.”  Vondell Clark, MD, MPH, Medical Director, CVMC’s Healthy House


“Saturday was great……really! The quality and overall progress of Research/EBP here is astounding!”  Eddie Beard, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice-President and Chief Nursing Officer – Patient Care

The course offering were faciliated by the members of the Research & EBP Council. The council members also extend this educational opportunity to local nursing school programs.  Nursing students from Catawba Valley Community College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro participated in Let’s Get Cooking with EBP through this effort.

The 2011 EBP Week in April was the most successful to date with over 250 CVMC employees volunteering as subjects in the “Cheese Mock Research” study conducted while learning about research principals, such as sampling and ‘blind’ procedures.  The poster session during EBP weeks contained a total of 19 posters, included research studies by CVMC staff and undergraduate nursing students as well as quality improvement project presentations by nursing students.


In October, the annual Research Theatre hosted 174 participants.  Presenters for the 2011 theatre included a nurse, a speech-language pathology coordinator and a fitness specialist – demonstrating the diversity of research being conducted at CVMC.  Feedback from participants indicated interest was sparked and knowledge gained in this fun and innovative environment.

Here are some comments from theatre attendees:

“[The Theatre] increased my awareness of methods to improve outcomes.”
“It’s extremely fascinating to see bedside research being done and gratifying to know we constantly are making a difference for our patients and improve staff processes.”
“I have attended in previous years and found it to be an outstanding event.” 

































With a stimulating 2011 past, many of the research and EBP efforts that begun last year continue in the new year.  It is exciting to envisoin what’s in store for 2012!