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Summer institute to focus on evidence-based practice

Health care providers are invited to attend the 2002 Summer Institute on Evidence-Based Practice July 18-20 at the Menger Hotel and Conference Center, 204 Alamo Plaza. The event, which has the theme "Best Practice: Basics and Beyond," will be of particular interest to nurse clinicians, advanced practice nurses, nurse researchers, nurse educators and nurse administrators.

The Academic Center for Evidence-Based Practice (ACE), part of the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is sponsoring the institute to prepare health care professionals for an increasingly active role in evidence-based practice. The program was planned in conjunction with clinicians from private, veterans and military agencies; educators; administrators; and researchers.

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is an approach in which world literature is scanned for research findings, which are synthesized and packaged for clinical use. The School of Nursing established the ACE in 2000 and it was the first such center in nursing.

The Summer Institute, also the first of its kind, offers a 2 1/2-day curriculum. Participants will emerge with an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals and intermediate concepts of evidence-based practice. National and international EBP experts will discuss topics related to evidence synthesis, translation, implementation, and impact evaluation of clinical practice changes. The speakers will give didactic presentations, which will be followed by application and interaction sessions of case studies.

During the final day, interactive breakout sessions will provide opportunities for nurses to integrate EBP into specific roles in practice, nursing research, nursing education or health care quality improvement areas by developing an action plan for implementation at their institutions.

Throughout the conference, participants will have the opportunity to experience hands-on interaction through exhibits of guidelines, tool kits and reference management software.

The institute also will feature post-master's and pre- and post-doctoral coursework, roundtable interactions with colleagues and EBP experts, and poster presentations of best practice projects. The ACE received a conference grant from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality to support the event.

Registration is $475. Visit to download a registration form. To view the brochure online, go to A text-only version is available for quick download. For more information or to receive a brochure by mail, send your postal address to or call (210) 567-1480.

Contact: Natalie Gutierrez or Aileen Salinas