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About this Guide

This help guide will take you through the EBP process. It also includes information about appraisal tools (Step 3) used in evidence based practice, and links to more resources.

For further help about evidence based practice, contact a librarian.

Definitions

The "Classic Definition"

"EBM 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 DL. Rosenberg WM. Gray JA. Haynes RB. Richardson WS. Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't.BMJ. 312(7023):71-2, 1996

What is EBP?

What is Evidence Based Practice?

Evidence based practice (also called evidence based medicine) integrates the best available research evidence, the clinician's expertise, and the patient's preferences, values, concerns, and expectations. 

Evidence-based practice leads to:

  • Reduced variations in a clinician's practices
  • Enhancement of best practice
  • Reduced costs
  • Improved quality of health care
  • Increased patient satisfaction

Additional Resources

How to read a paper

Search evidence-based eJournal titles. Get started with Databases A-Z.   Search our e-Journals and e-Book collections: AccessMedicine  ClinicalKeyClinicalKey Nursing, Oxford Medicine Online.