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Physician Assistant Program Resources: EBP

EBP Calculators


Original Research Articles  

PubMed (Medline)Embase, PsycInfo, Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar, & CINAHL

Pre-Appraised EBM Resources

Why does EBM matter?

"At the core of EBM is a care and respect for patients who will suffer if clinicians fall prey to muddled clinical reasoning and to neglect or misunderstanding of research findings. Practitioners of EBM strive for a clear and comprehensive understanding of the evidence underlying their clinical care and work with each patient to ensure that chosen courses of action are in that patient's best interest. Practicing EBM requires clinicians to understand how uncertainty about clinical research evidence intersects with an individual patient's predicament and preferences."

Guyatt G, Jaeschke R, Wilson MC, Montori VM, Richardson W. What Is Evidence-Based Medicine?. In: Guyatt G, Meade MO, Rennie D, Cook DJ. eds. JAMA evidence Using Evidence to Improve Care. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2014.

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The Process

Evidence-Based Practice requires new skills of the clinician, including efficient literature searching, and the application of formal rules of evidence in evaluating the clinical literature.

  1. ASSESS the patient...   Start with the patient and consider the clinical issue/question arising during care
  2. ASK the question...   Construct a well built clinical question derived from the issue/question 
  3. ACQUIRE the evidence...   Select the appropriate resource(s) & conduct a search 
  4. APPRAISE the evidence...   Appraise the evidence for its validity (closeness to the truth) & applicability (usefulness in clinical practice) 
  5. APPLY talk with the patient...   Integrate that evidence with your clinical expertise & patient preferences and apply it to practice 
  6. Evaluation...   Evaluate your performance with this patient