• Evidence Based Practice in Nursing

     

    Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values. 

    How to put EBP into practice:

    1.    Examine the patient and make note of the following:

    • Patient's current diagnosis
    • Complete medical history
    • Other health conditions
    • Current medications the patient is taking
    • Factors about the patient which may influence the treatment plan (i.e. age)

     2.    Formulate a well-constructed question using the PICO formula:

    • P - Patient
    • I - Intervention
    • C - Comparison (of two or more treatments if appropriate)
    • O - Outcome

    3.   Conduct a comprehensive search for the most recent, best evidence or research on your patient's condition.

    4.   Appraise the research you found for validity and usefulness and relevance to your particular patient.

    5.   Use the results from your literature search and appraisal in clinical practice.

    6.   Evaluate the outcome of the clinical application.

    7.   If necessary, collect further evidence.