Evidence-Based Practice: Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice in 6 Steps
This guide is designed to assist health care professionals to become effective and efficient users of the medical and nursing literature.
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6 Steps of EBP in Nursing
EBP for the Busy Nurse Practitioner - 4-Part Series
This series was published in The Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
EBP in 6 Steps
The process of EBP described in the medical literature is composed of 5 steps (Sackett et al., 1996; Strause et al., 2011). In the nursing literature the steps are similar, but an additional step for dissemination was added by Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2011):
- Ask a clinical guiding question.
- Search for teh best evidence.
- Critically appraise the evidence.
- Integrate the evidence with one's clinical expertise and client preferences to make the best clinical decision.
- Evaluate the outcome(s) of the EBP practice decision or change based on evidence of the EBP decision or change.
- Disseminate the outcome.
Using PubMed for Evidence-Based Practice