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NUR 5013 - Nursing Science

What is Evidence-Based Practice or EBP?

Image of the EBP pyramid from Dartmouth University.

Glover, Jan; Izzo, David; Odato, Karen & Lei Wang. EBM Pyramid.  Dartmouth University/Yale University. 2006.

Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing is a way of providing nursing care that is guided by the integration of the best available scientific knowledge with nursing expertise. This approach requires nurses to critically assess relevant scientific data or research evidence, and to implement high-quality interventions for their nursing practice. (NLM PubMed MeSH)

There are four steps in the Evidence-Based Practice process: 

1. Ask a Question

2. Search for Answers to your Research Question

3. Critically Appraise the Research

4. Apply your Findings to Nursing Practice

Recommended Resources: What is EBP?

American Nurses Association. Research Toolkit.  Introduction to research and evidence-based practice.  Provides access to numerous resources to translate evidence into practice and to support nurse researchers. 

Melnyk BM, Fineout-Overholt E, et al. (2010) Evidence-based practice: Step by step. The seven steps of evidence-based practice: following this progressive, sequential approach will lead to improved health care and patient outcomesAmerican Journal of Nursing, 110(1).

University of Washington Libraries. Evidence Based Practice. This guide gathers together information on Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) information resources.