Evidence-based medicine is the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.1
Evidence-based practice (EBP) is therefore the process of combining both expertise and research in order to make informed decisions in the care of patients.2
Strong, refined research and information literacy skills are essential for evidence-based practice, and practitioners must be able to locate, evaluate, and apply research to their clinical practice.
1, 2Center for Evidence-Based Medicine. (2011). What is EBM? Retrieved from: http://www.cebm.net/index.aspx?o=1914
For more information on Evidence-Based Practice and Medicine, visit the following links:
Evidence-Based Practice requires a clinician or researcher to locate the best evidence and information to inform healthcare decision-making.
Both primary research and secondary reviews can be applied, and can be found in CINAHL, Cochrane Library, ProQuest Nursing, PubMed, and MEDLINE databases.
Largest collection of nursing journals including EBM journals and articles.
To refine your search, try one of the following:
The Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent systematic review evidence papers to inform healthcare decision-making. All material within the Cochrane Library has been prepared by experts, who carefully review the existing evidence related to specific clinical questions.
Nursing and Allied Health Source
Contains some evidence-based publications and review articles.
To refine your search:
An extensive source for medicine and nursing evidence - most articles are not full text (articles can be requested through InterLibrary Loan).
Medical search engine with emphasis on evidence based medicine (EBM) and clinical guidelines and queries.
National Guideline Clearinghouse
A public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.
A registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world.
Evidence-Based Practice Tutorial for Nurses from PennState University Libraries.