K. Jeffrey, L. Maggio, & M. Blanchard. Introduction to EBM. Alumni Medical Library Website
EBP is primarily based on 5 defined steps:
-convert information need into an answerable question
-track down the best evidence to answer the question
-test evidence for validity and clinical usefulness
-apply the results in clinical practice
-evaluate the performance of evidence-based decisions
To help formulate a "searchable" question, you can define different parts of your case using PICO. This will focus your research and help you make more effective decisions while researching.
Patient: What are the characteristics of the patient or population?
Intervention: What do you want to do with this patient (e.g. treat, diagnose, observe)?
Comparison: Is there an alternative treatment to consider (e.g. placebo, drug, surgery)?
Outcome: What are the relevant outcomes (e.g. morbidity, death, complications)?