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Evidence-Based Practice: Nursing: What is EBP?

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.

Image from:  Florida State University, College of Medicine

Evidence-Based Practice Model


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 2.0: Implementing and Sustaining Change

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