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Evidence-Based Practice

This guide will help you work through the process of Evidence-Based Practice.

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What is Evidence-Based Practice?

Evidence-Based Practice (or Evidence-Based Medicine) is the "integration of the best research evidence with clinical expertise and the patient's unique values and circumstances."

(Straus, Glasziou, Richardson, & Haynes, 2011)

"Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) isn’t about developing new knowledge or validating existing knowledge. It’s about translating the evidence and applying it to clinical decision-making. The purpose of EBP is to use the best evidence available to make patient-care decisions. Most of the best evidence stems from research. But EBP goes beyond research use and includes clinical expertise as well as patient preferences and values. The use of EBP takes into consideration that sometimes the best evidence is that of opinion leaders and experts, even though no definitive knowledge from research results exists."

 (Conner, 2014)

The Process of Evidence-Based Practice

The Evidence-Based Practice process has five steps. The process begins with the patient's situation and proceeds to asking an answerable question, finding and getting the evidence, evaluating the evidence and then applying the information to the patient's situation. Lastly, perform a reflective review of the process and consider areas for improvement.

EBP Process






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