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Nursing 472: Intro

EPB Explained

One way to think about EBP is that it is applying what you read in the literature to your practice.  Integrate the information you read about in the literature with your clinical knowledge and experience and apply the research in a way that best benefits the patient.  Take your patient's preferences into account and keep them involved in their plan of care.

What is EBP?

What is EBP: EBP 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.”

Duke University. (2014). Introduction to evidence-based practice. Retrieved from

Evidence Triad

Evidence Triad

1. Research Evidence

2. Clinical Expertise

3. Patient Values and Expectations 

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Guide developed with assistance from S. Pruitt, student, SIUE School of Nursing, and 2014 URCA program assistant.