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What is Evidence-Based Practice?

Evidence-Based Practice is a form of decision making based upon a system that integrates a well-formed question based on witnessed phenomena or problem in healthcare practice, experience, or fieldwork that takes a specific tack in locating and interpreting the appropriateness of evidence from literature in the field and applying it to the situation in conjunction with patient preference and need as well as feasibility for the clinical practice or field location.
The process is designed to provide quality healthcare service and outcomes to populations and patients.

Evidence based [practice] 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. By individual clinical expertise we mean the proficiency and judgment that individual clinicians acquire through clinical experience and clinical practice.

Sackett, D. L., Rosenberg, W. M. C., Gray, J. A. M., Haynes, R. B., & Richardson, W. S. (1996). Evidence based medicine: What it is and what it isn’t. BMJ, 312(7023), 71–72.


The steps of Evidence-Based Practice

Purple box with "Ask" inside

Green box with "acquire" written inside

Russet-colored box with "appraise" written inside

Blue-colored box with "apply" written inside

Dark grey-colored box with "audit" written inside.

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