Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

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1.  Closing the Gap Between Research and Practice: Moving Beyond Guideline Development to Addressing Future Research Initiatives for Patient Care Improvement

This document presents an inventory of identified research gaps in ten of the guidelines. The guideline development panels have deliberated upon the gaps and proposed priority areas and research approaches.

This inventory will be regularly updated as additional guidelines are developed and more research gaps are noted. It is hoped that this document will be of benefit to researchers, graduate students and research funding organizations as well as other organizations as they plan individual or programs of research in clinical practice.

We encourage the wide distribution of this document as well as encourage research to fill these gaps in evidence. Researchers conducting studies to address one or more of these gaps are requested to kindly inform us by contacting us. Such knowledge will assist the RNAO in keeping abreast with the latest research findings and update guideline recommendations.

Download the report

2. Hand Hygiene Review Panel Report

The purpose of the Hand Hygiene Review Panel was to review the recently released WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care (Advanced Draft). The Review Panel in collaboration with RNAO provided formal, written feedback to the WHO from a Canadian perspective and made recommendations on how the WHO guideline might be used in the Canadian context.

The recommendations generated by the Review Panel assisted RNAO to provide feedback to the World Health Organization on the hand hygiene guideline, and to develop necessary resources that will promote the uptake of current best practices on hand hygiene by nurses and other health care providers. The Review Panel recommendations assisted in bridging the identified gap between current and evidence-based practice. These recommendations will be targeted to be inclusive of all practice settings.

Download: Hand Hygiene Panel Report

3. Monographs from the Community Health Research Unit at the University of Ottawa

4. CNO Documents and RNAO Best Practice Guidelines

The College of Nurses of Ontario and the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) are committed to developing tools that will help nurses provide the highest quality care possible.

CNO’s practice standards and guidelines contain the professional expectations for all Ontario nurses and apply in a variety of practice settings and situations. RNAO’s Best Practice Guidelines project supports Ontario nurses by providing them with guidance on client care. The RNAO documents are developed in five phases: planning, development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination. Some CNO practice standards and guidelines have been cited as resources in the RNAO guidelines.

Below are lists of RNAO guidelines and the related CNO documents. Click on the title to download the document.

RNAO Best Practice Guideline CNO Document

Prevention of Falls and Fall Injuries in the Older Adult Population


Risk Assessment and Prevention of Pressure Ulcers

Infection Prevention and Control

Assessment & Management of Stage I to IV Pressure Ulcers

Infection Prevention and Control

Client Centred Care



Culturally Sensitive Care

Establishing Therapeutic Relationships

Therapeutic Nurse-Client Relationship


Strengthening/Supporting Families through Expected and Unexpected Life Events

Culturally Sensitive Care

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