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What is Evidence Based Practice?


Definition: Evidence-based practice is the process by which health care providers incorporate the best research or evidence into clinical practice in combination with clinical expertise and within the context of patient desires & values.

"A competent [health practitioner], in making practice decisions, locates, evaluates and uses the best available evidence, coupled with a deep understanding of client experience and preferences, through the understanding that...

  1. There are many sources of knowledge, including research evidence, standards of care, community perspectives, practical wisdom gained from experience, which are legitimate sources of evidence for decision-making.
  2. Knowledge from the biological, social, medical, public health, nursing, and allied health sciences is constantly evolving; [health practitioners] need to update their knowledge continuously, using reliable, current sources of information.
  3. [Health practitioners] need to know how to learn new interventions independently, because the definition of “best practice” of interventions is continuously modified, and new interventions are constantly being developed."

This research guide will help you achieve this competency.

A clear, concise video explanation of EBP by Victoria Schirm, Director of Nursing at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Follow it up by working through the excellent tutorial provided. The tutorial can be accessed by clicking here.


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How to Practice EBM

Evidence-Based Medicine includes five steps:

Step 1: Converting the need for information into an answerable question
Step 2: Finding the best evidence with which to answer that question
Step 3: Critically appraising the evidence for its validity, impact, and applicability
Step 4: Integrating the evidence with clinical expertise and the patient's unique biology, values and circumstances
Step 5: Evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of the process

More resources for steps 1 through 3 are in the tabs above. Steps 4 and 5 are up to you as a health care provider.

Strauss, S. E. (2005). Evidence-based medicine : How to practice and teach EBM (3rd ed.). New York: Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone.