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opinion formed before there are grounds for it; prejudice; predilection; partiality

clinical guidelines

Systematically developed statements about a plan of care for a specific set of circumstances involving a specific client population

evidence-based practice

clinical decision-making that integrates the best available research with clinical expertise and patient characteristics and preferences


specific, testable predictions derived from a theory

nursing-sensitive outcome

individual, family, or community state, behavior, or perception that is measurable along a continuum in response to a nursing intervention


When a scholarly article or book is evaluated by a scholar's peers (other scholars) for scientific credibility and importance.

performance improvement

an organization analyzes and evaluates current performance, using the results to develop focused improvement actions (aka Quality Improvement)


A method in EBP that is used to ask questions. Patient, Population, or Problem of Interest, Intervention of Interest, Comparison of Interest, Outcome of Interest.


Plan, Do, Study, Act

Quality Improvement

an organization analyzes and evaluates current performance, using the results to develop focused improvement actions (aka Perfomance Improvement)


conforming to fact and therefore worthy of belief

sentinel event

an unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or the risk thereof


based on truth or fact; having legal force


any measurable conditions, events, characteristics, or behaviors that are controlled or observed in a study

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