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Evidence-Based Research

Evidence Based Research


The purpose of this LibGuide is to connect students with information resources pertinent to Evidence Based Practice (EBP). Select the "EBP Course Topics" tab on the left to view eight specific topics related to EBP. If you have any questions or wish to make an appointment for a research consultation, please contact Shilo Smith at the HEC library.

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What is Evidence Based Research

Evidence Based Practice (EBP) is the cornerstone of professional nursing practice. It is what allows professional nurses to deliver cutting edge care after they have left their academic training. Evidence based clinical decision making brings the three components of EBP together:

  1. The best available external evidence (i.e. research)
  2. The best internal evidence (i.e. healthcare professional's clinical expertise, institutional knowledge)
  3. Patient preferences and values

To become an expert practitioner, you should concentrate on acquiring advanced skills in finding, assessing, analyzing, and synthesizing external evidence. You can then merge this data with your clinical and institutional knowledge and your patient's preferences to allow you to deliver the best care possible. The goal of learning Evidence Practice abilities is not just to develop your knowledge and skills, but to improve the care you give your patients throughout your career. This is knowledge that allows you to educate yourself: so hopefully you can always find that as Einstein said, "Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it."

Quick formula to remember what EBP is:

  • External Evidence + Expertise/Institutional Knowledge + Patient Values = Improved Outcomes