Why Practice EBP?
- Medical research is continually discovering improved treatment methods and therapies
- Research findings are often delayed in being implemented into clinical practice
- Clinicians must stay current with changing therapies
- EBP has been shown to keep clinicians up to date
K. Jeffrey, L. Maggio, & M. Blanchard. Introduction to EBM. Alumni Medical Library Website
An Introduction to Evidence Based Practice: self-paced tutorial developed by the Medical Center Library at Duke University and the Health Science Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine: 5-minute introduction to EBM developed by Boston University Medical Center
EBM Tutorials: interactive tutorials developed by the Lamar Soutter Library at UMass Medical School
What is Evidence Based Practice (EBP)?
EBP is the conscientious and judicious use of:
- The best research evidence (found in health sciences literature)
- Clinical expertise (what the health-care provider knows)
- Patient values and expectations (what the patient believes and wants)
Evidence Based Practice is an umbrella term that includes medicine (“Evidence Based Medicine,” or EBM), nursing, dentistry, public-health, psychology, etc.
Evidence Based Practice's Steps
EBP is primarily based on the following steps:
- Identify the clinical problem. What is it you want to know?
- Convert the clinical problem into an answerable question using PICO
- Gather the best evidence to answer the question
- Critically evaluate the evidence for validity, impact, and applicability
- Integrate your critical appraisal with your clinical expertise and the patient's unique biology, values, and circumstances
- Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of your performance, and seek ways to improve for next time
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