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What is Evidence-Based Practice?

Evidence-based practice is a process of making clinical decisions based on 3 components:

  1. Client Perspectives & Preference
  2. Clinical Expertise 
  3. Best Research Evidence

Evidence-Based Practice Venn Diagram

Best Research Evidence requires the clinician to search for the best research evidence available, which may come in the form of systematic reviews, meta-analyses, randomized controlled trials, clinical controlled trials, and other types of studies.  This research is most often published in peer-reviewed journals.

DePaul University Library's databases provides you with access to thousands of high quality, peer-reviewed journals.

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'Evidence-Based' Glossaries

Find explanations of 'evidence-based' concepts in nursing practice & medicine: