When searching for information to answer clinical or research questions, you may be required to use evidence-based methods and resources.
Evidence Based Practice is a process of clinical decision-making based on the best available evidence that has been critically assessed in the context of the needs and holistic profile of particular individual patient. It was first defined by Dr David Sackett in the 1990s.
The Evidence-Based Practice process is usually seen as having 5 steps:
|Step 1||ASK||Express the problem as a clinical question (Ask the question)|
|Step 2||ACQUIRE||Find evidence-based resources that answer the question (Acquire the evidence)|
|Step 3||APPRAISE||Critically appraise the evidence to assess its validity (Appraise the evidence)|
|Step 4||APPLY||Apply the evidence (Apply the evidence to the patient(s) or problem)|
|Step 5||ASSESS/AUDIT||Evaluate your performance in carrying out Steps 1 - 4 (Assess and audit the process)|
Library Research Guide
A tutorial by the Duke University Medical Center Library and the Health Sciences Library at the University of Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Systematic reviews are crucial in the evidence-based practice of health care professionals. They are often used as the basis for the creation of clinical guidelines.