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Step One: Ask a Question using PICO format - Ask a clinical question.
Step Two: Search Resources for the Best Evidence - Search for best evidence to answer question.
Step Three: Appraise Evidence - Critically appraise evidence, assess study quality, etc.
Step Four: Apply Evidence - Integrate evidence with clinical expertise and patient preferences/values to apply in practice.
These are the first four steps of Evidence-Based Practice according to Melnyk, B. M., Fineout-Overholt, E., Stillwell, S. B., & Williamson, K. M. (2010). Evidence-based practice: Step by step: The seven steps of evidence-based practice. The American Journal of Nursing, 110(1), 51-53.
Use the tabs above to locate information sources to help you with your research.
The purpose of this Research Guide is to support you in utilizing resources to efficiently and effectively search, locate and evaluate desired research-based evidence.
Finding evidence supports Evidence-Based Practice which is "a problem-solving approach to the delivery of health care that integrates best evidence from studies and patient care data with clinician expertise and patient preferences and values." Melnyk BM, Fineout-Overholt E, Stillwell SB, Williamson KM. Evidence-based practice: Step by step: The seven steps of evidence-based practice. Am J Nurs. 2010;110(1):51-53.