Clinical inquiry is the ongoing process of questioning and evaluating practice, providing informed practice based on best-available data, and innovating practice though research. It is about noticing subtle differences at the bedside and asking “what if” questions. Critically ill patients and their families require care that is based on our best-available evidence. In the quantitative research paradigm, the highest level of evidence is derived from randomized controlled clinical trials. Currently, few adequately powered clinical trials support our practice, but this is changing. In critical care, clinical research should be conducted in the same manner as we practice, collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams. Our core value of the primacy of patient and family, our spirit of inquiry, and our passion for innovation centers our practice. During this year’s Distinguished Research Lecture, Martha Curley describes how together, we can build stronger, bolder clinical research.
Distinguished Research Lecture| July 01 2012
Clinical Research: Together, Stronger, Bolder
Martha A. Q. Curley, RN, PhD, FAAN
Martha A. Q. Curley is the Ellen and Robert Kapito Professor in Nursing Science in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She is also a nurse scientist in the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts
Corresponding author: Martha A.Q. Curley, rn, phd, faan, University of Pennsylvania, Claire M. Fagin Hall, 418 Curie Boulevard, #424, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4217 (e-mail: Curley@nursing.upenn.edu).
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Am J Crit Care (2012) 21 (4): 234–241.
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Martha A. Q. Curley; Clinical Research: Together, Stronger, Bolder. Am J Crit Care 1 July 2012; 21 (4): 234–241. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ajcc2012846
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