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What is EBP?


 "Evidence based medicine 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 means:

  • integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research."

From: Sackett DL, Rosenberg WM, Gray JA, Haynes RB, Richardson WS. Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't. BMJ 1996 Jan 13;312(7023):71-2.

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Steps in the EBP Process


Five-Steps of the Evidence Cycle

Ask Formulate a clinical question
Acquire Search for the best evidence to answer your question
Appraise Critically review the evidence for validity and applicability
Apply Implement findings with your patient
Assess Evaluate the results





EBP Process


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