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This diagram outlines the nursing inquiry process to help answer questions that arise in the clinical setting. The diagram further helps a nurse understand how to distinguish whether a situation calls for evidence-based practice, performance improvement, or research. It also guides a nurse through clarifying the initial question, gathering the evidence, and through each step in the subsequent process.
This is an update of the VCU Health Nursing Inquiry Process Diagram (version 2) that was created in 2018. This is the third version of the diagram and provides more details about the steps involved in research, performance improvement and evidence-based practice. The intention of this diagram is to clarify the steps involved in clinical inquiry and to provide some context regarding similarities and differences between the three.
This diagram is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
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