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Keywords:

  • clinical guidelines;
  • evidence-based practice;
  • protocols;
  • systematic reviews

Summary

• Evidence-based practice has been widely discussed in the literature, but it is not common or well adopted in nursing practice, both in Hong Kong and other countries.

• This article aims to examine the relationships between three important elements of evidence-based practice: systematic reviews, clinical guidelines and protocols. Current issues associated with evidence-based practice in Hong Kong are explored.

• Specific suggestions are given to researchers, practitioners, managers and academics so that the current situation can be advanced.