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Evidence-Based Practice: Introduction to EBP in 6 Steps

This guide is designed to assist health care professionals to become effective and efficient users of the medical and nursing literature.

6 Steps of EBP in Nursing

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Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice in 6 Steps

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):

  1. Ask a clinical guiding question.
  2. Search for teh best evidence.
  3. Critically appraise the evidence.
  4. Integrate the evidence with one's clinical expertise and client preferences to make the best clinical decision.
  5. Evaluate the outcome(s) of the EBP practice decision or change based on evidence of the EBP decision or change.
  6. Disseminate the outcome.

Using PubMed for Evidence-Based Practice

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