Evidence-Based Practice: Home
This guide is designed to assist health care professionals to become effective and efficient users of the medical and nursing literature.
Evidence-Based Practice: Navigation
EBP Home | Introduction to EBP in 6 Steps | AJN's EBP Series | ASK - PICO | Levels of Evidence and Study Designs | SEARCH EBP Tools & Pyramid | EBP Tools Table | Literature Review | Getting to Fulltext | APPRAISE-Critical Appraisal | Other EBP Guides, Tutorials, Terms | RN Residency Teaching Activities | DISSEMINATE - RN Residency EBP Reports | How to Identify Peer-Reviewed Journals
Using this Guide
This guide gathers together information on Evidence-Based Practice. Included in this guide is information on:
- Introduction to EBP for the Busy Nurse Practitioner in 6 Steps
- ASK: Constructing well-built clinical questions with PICO
- Levels of Evidence and Study Designs
- Searching for The Evidence: Evidence sources listed by the type of evidence retrieved [Pyramid Tab]
- Getting to the Fulltext
- Critical Appraisal
View the complete EBP Guide.
EBP Tools, Templates and Worksheets
- EBP Rapid Review Workbench (.xls Spreadsheet)
- Template for documenting the work of rapid reviews with tabs for PICO / Search Terms, Databases searches, Summary Table, Synthesis table. Created by Aida Smith (Aida.Smith@ascension.org). Used by permission.
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The 5 "A's" will help you to remember the EBP process:
- ASK: Information needs from practice are converted into focused, structured questions.
- ACCESS / ACQUIRE: The focused questions are used as a basis for literature searching in order to identify relevant external evidence from research.
- APPRAISE: The research evidence is critically appraised for validity.
- APPLY: The best available evidence is used alongside clinical expertise and the patient's perspective to plan care.
- ASSESS / AUDIT: Performance is evaluated through a process of self reflection, audit, or peer assessment.
Please note, there are several models for EBP with various named and numbered steps. This guide will detail the first three steps ASK, ACCESS/ACQUIRE, APPRAISE. Some models include a 6th step for DISSEMINATE.
* This box and graphic was created by Diane Giebink-Skoglind of ThedaCare. Used by permission. The graphic is adapted from Melnyk, BM & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2011). Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: A guide to best pracatice. (2nd ed.) Philadephia: Wolters-Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.