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Five Steps of Evidence Based Practice

The Five Steps of Evidence Based Practice are as follows:

ASK: create clinical questions and form a relevant research question

ACCESS: find and acquire the applicable resources

APPRAISE: evaluate resources for validity

APPLY: use this evidence in combination with clinical knowledge to make decisions about patient care

ASSESS: evaluate and review patient's outcome

Related Guide

Need to find evidence-based practice research?

The CINAHL, Cochrane Library, and Medline databases all allow for the application of filters that will yield results that are based upon evidence based practice.

For detailed information about how to do that in CINAHL, Medline or Cochrane Library, visit the Evidence Based Practive LibGuide found here.  

What is Evidence Based Practice?

Evidence Based Practice (EBP) is a defined process used to review, analyze, and translate the latest scientific evidence. The goal is to quickly incorporate the best available research, along with clinical experience and patient preference, into clinical practice, so nurses can make informed patient-care decisions (Dang et al., 2022).

EBP is the cornerstone of clinical practice.

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