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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 the individual patient. It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research."
Sackett, D. L., et al. (1996). Evidence based medicine: What it is and what it isn't. BMJ, 312, 71 - 72. Retrieved from https://www.bmj.com/content/312/7023/71
Process of Evidence-Based Practice
- ASK: Define the Problem
- ACQUIRE: Find the Best Evidence from the Literature
- APPRAISE: Critically Appraise the Evidence for Validity and Relevance
- APPLY: Apply the Evidence to Practice
- ASSESS: Evaluate the Results
* This guide covers the first 3 parts.