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EBP is a problem-solving approach to clinical decision-making within a health care organization. It integrates the best available scientific evidence with the best available experiential (patient and practitioner) evidence. EBP considers internal and external influences on practice and encourages critical thinking in the judicious application of such evidence to the care of individual patients, a patient population, or a system (Newhouse, Dearholt, Poe, Pugh, & White, 2007).

Dearholt, Sandra L., and Dang, Deborah. Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice : Models and Guidelines (2nd Edition).

Evidence-Informed Decision Making in Public Health

Walks you through the process to define, search, appraise, synthesize, adapt, implement, and evaluate.  

Evidence-Based Practice

Evidence-based Practice = Best Research Evidence + Clinical Expertise + Patient Values

Evidence Based Medicine 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.

EBM InquiryEvidence-Based Nursing is a way of providing nursing care that is guided by the integration of the best available scientific knowledge with nursing expertise. This approach requires nurses to critically assess relevant scientific data or research evidence, and to implement high-quality interventions for their nursing practice. (NLM PubMed MeSH) ... research is one of the pillars of evidence-based 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. British Medical Journal, 312 (7023): 71-2.

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