UIowa Csomay Gero Resources


The Barbara and Richard Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence advances the belief that nurses who are prepared in the best evidence-based gerontological practices make a critical difference in the quality of life of older persons. To this end, the Csomay at the University of Iowa College of Nursing develops and maintains EBP Guidelines as a means to promote “best practices” among nurses and others who provide day-to-day care to older adults.

The Csomay Center Evidence-Based Practice Guideline program includes 27 evidence-based practice guidelines focusing on promoting health outcomes, safety, and quality of life well-being for persons primarily in long-term care settings.

Distinguishing features of the Csomay EBP guidelines are:

  • Focus specifically on nursing care for older adults.
  • Address topics which are significant issues, patient conditions, or treatments experienced by older adults in long-term care settings.
  • Include an in-depth literature review and overview of the topic.
  • Graded with a level of evidence for assessment and treatment recommendations, based on systematic literature search and appraisal.
  • Include Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) and Nursing Outcomes Classifications (NOC).
  • Provide knowledge to evaluate the implementation of the guideline.
  • Include a comprehensive Appendix with a range of essential assessment, monitoring, and evaluation tools that can be used for the planning and documentation of care. 
  • Include Quick Reference Guides for rapid point of care use.

Our guidelines set a standard for comprehensive and practical evidence-based practice in long-term care.  Each guideline is authored by nationally recognized experts in specific topic areas, undergo peer review, and are revised and updated every 5 years.  Furthermore, our EBP guidelines may be used as educational materials for either staff education or for teaching gerontological care to undergraduate or graduate students.