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Ohio State hosts inaugural national summit to improve quality and safety of health care through evidence-based practice

COLUMBUS, OH – Leaders, academicians, researchers and expert clinicians will convene in Columbus Oct. 18-20 to share the latest research and recommendations for improving health care quality, safety and costs through evidence-based practice (EBP) and to launch the recently funded Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare.

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a problem-solving approach that integrates the conscientious use of best evidence in combination with a clinician’s expertise and patient preferences to make health care decisions. Incorporating the use of EBP in health care settings can improve patient outcomes and save on costs. The Ohio State University College of Nursing is an internationally recognized hub for EBP, which will be advanced thanks to a $6.5 million grant from the Helene Fuld National Health Trust to form the new institute. The Fuld Institute for EBP will expand the college’s reach even further to translate research findings into real world clinical settings at a faster pace and equip nurses as well as other clinicians with the evidence-based skills needed to transform health and improve lives throughout the world.

The two-day conference - being held at the Hilton Columbus at Easton - is preceded by a reception at the Ohio Union on Oct. 18. The reception also celebrates the Wednesday afternoon “Expert Forum,” which features leaders from 40 national organizations and federal agencies who will gather to discuss best practices and devise action strategies for accelerating EBP throughout the nation. Their recommendations and tactics will be presented in a special panel discussion on the first day of the conference.

A complementary live stream offered by The Ohio State University College of Nursing is available on Thursday, October 19, 2017, from 9 to 11 a.m.

To access the live stream, click here.

Topics and speakers during this live stream event will include a welcome and keynote address, “The State of EBP throughout the U.S.: Hot-off-the-press Findings from the National Competency Study,” by Ohio State's Chief Wellness Officer Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, also vice president for health promotion and dean of the College of Nursing, and the EBP Expert Forum panel discussion, moderated by Lynn Gallagher-Ford, senior director of the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP.

More details: go.osu.edu/FuldLiveStream