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What is Evidence-Based Practice?
Evidence-based practice is "the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient. It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research."
Sackett DL, Rosenberg WM, Gray JA, Haynes RB, Richardson WS. Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't. BMJ. 1996;312(7023):71-72.
Evidence-based practice is also a process that begins and ends with the patient.
An Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice
This self-paced, interactive tutorial will take you through the complete EBP process, emphasizing the elements of a well-built clinical question and the key issues that help determine the validity of evidence. This program was developed by the Medical Center Library at Duke University and the Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Fundamental tools for teaching and understanding how to apply the medical literature to clinical decisions. Includes online version of the Users' Guide to the Medical Literature (2015), The Rational Clinical Examination (2009), JAMA Guide to Statistics and Methods (2019), and Care at the Close of Life (2011).
Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (Toronto)
The goal of this website is to help develop, disseminate, and evaluate resources that can be used to practice and teach EBM for undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education for health care professionals from a variety of clinical disciplines. This site also serves as support for the book entitled, Evidence-based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM by Sharon E. Straus, W. Scott Richardson, Paul Glasziou and R. Brian Haynes (3rd edition).
BMJ EBM Toolkit
The BMJ's free EBM toolkit enables individuals to learn, practice and discuss EBM, and provides EBM tools. There is information introducing the key methods of EBM such as clarifying a clinical question, designing a search and appraising, synthesizing and assessing the quality of the evidence. Additionally, there is information intended to support and promote discussion around EBM.
Reference Books / Glossaries
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