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Quality & Research

Evidence-based Practice & Interprofessional Research

The Center for Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes provides consultation and assistance to clinical staff for evidence-based practice, quality improvement and research projects. This includes: development of clinically important questions, crystallization of project/study designs, Institutional Review Board (IRB) proposal and application writing, implementation of project/research plans, data collection, data entry and analysis, interpretation and utilization of the findings and extensive support for the dissemination at inter-professional conferences and publication in peer-reviewed journals, as well as internal reporting mechanisms.  In 2015, more than 200 quality projects and 30 clinically-based research studies were actively tracked through the Center for Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes.

The Abstract Book

The Abstract Book is a biennial publication showcasing MMC clinicians’ evidence-based practice, quality improvement and research projects in abstract format. The sixth edition of the Book of Research, Quality Project and Magnet Conference Abstracts was made available in May 2016. It highlights the continued commitment of MMC clinical staff to a culture of evidence-based practice.  Many of the quality improvement and research abstracts in the most recent (2014-2015) Book are authored by bedside nurses and other front-line clinicians. These nurse-led and clinician-driven projects reflect a robust culture of inquiry at MMC. Nurses and other healthcare colleagues are supported and empowered to ask important clinical questions, seek evidence-based answers, and share their findings within the MMC family and outside the organization at many professional local, regional and national conferences

The Knowledge Bank

The Knowledge Bank is an electronic database for research, quality improvement and evidence-based practice projects originating within the organization by nurses and other health care clinicians. The aim of the Knowledge Bank is to increase visibility, accessibility and utilization of the results and outcomes of internal research, quality improvement and evidence-based projects. Today the Knowledge Bank is a depository and a publishing site for an extensive amount of completed and current projects. The information, available in a structured abstract format, has been organized under 60 categories. MMC users have access to the Knowledge Bank from unit work stations; and they can do searches within the database using key words.

The Qualitative Research Interest Group

The Qualitative Research Interest Group (QRIG) is one of six interprofessional research-focused groups that formed in 2014 to promote collegiality and learning among clinicians and researchers at MMC. Through a partnership between the Center for Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes and the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), members discuss topics of interest related to qualitative research methods. The group meets every two months (January, March, May, July, September and November). For anyone interested in this group, it is open to the public. Please contact Kristiina Hyrkas, RN, MNSc, LicNSc, PhD  for more information.

Maine Medical Center is a member of the MaineHealth System