UC Davis Health nurses use research to provide evidence-based care that promotes quality outcomes for individuals, families, and our community. UC Davis Health has committed to prioritizing Evidence-Based Practice, ensuring that patients are receiving cutting-edge care. Nurses work in interdisciplinary teams and continually evaluate the most current research recommendations in the variety of clinical practice areas.

Evidence implementation at UC Davis Health follows the Iowa Model (Titler, 1994).

A needs assessment was conducted for the UC Davis Medical Center nursing staff by the Center for Nursing Science (at that time, named Center for Nursing Research) in 2002 regarding perceived barriers to research utilization. Nurses responded that time and knowledge were the most significant barriers. Center for Nursing Research staff attended a workshop regarding Evidence-Based Practice at the University of Iowa in 2003. UC Davis Medical Center Unit Based Practice Councils subsequently adopted the Iowa Model for EBP with the implementation of Professional Governance.

A new Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Fellowship was launched in 2017 to provide mentored support for nurses to learn about EBP and implement small tests of change in their units based on the best available evidence.

Nurses interested in implementing EBP in their units should consider the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Fellowship. Additional resources are noted below.  Consultation is always available, as well.

In 2000, the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) Working Group offers a common, sensible and transparent approach to grading quality (or certainty) of evidence and strength of recommendations. 

Want to quickly find out what GRADE is all about? The GRADE Working Group suggests reading their BMJ series.  To start with a brief overview, see GRADE: an emerging consensus on rating quality of evidence and strength of recommendations, followed by What is "quality of evidence" and why is it important to clinicians?  and Going from evidence to recommendations.

  • Iowa Model

Iowa Model of Evidence-Based Practice: Revisions and Validation 

The Iowa Model - 2015© (Staff only) Used/Reprinted with permission from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Copyright 2015. For permission to use or reproduce, please contact the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics at 319-384-9098.

Implementation Strategies for EBP (Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Guide ©) (Staff only) Used/Reprinted with permission from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Copyright 2012. For permission to use or reproduce, please contact the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics at 319-384-9098.