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What is Evidence-Based Practice?

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

  1. Patient 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.

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What is Evidence-Based Nursing?

Some definitions of Evidence-Based Nursing Practice:

A definition of Evidence-Based Medicine:

  • “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.”  Sackett, D. L. (1996). Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't.  BMJ, 312, 71-72.

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'Evidence-Based' Glossaries

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