Nursing: Getting Started
What is Evidence Based Practice?
Evidence-Based Practice is:
the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence-based medicine requires the integration of individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research and our patient's unique values and circumstances.
-from the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine
Evidence based practice includes five steps:
Step 1: Converting the need for information into an answerable question
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.