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A Guide to Nursing - Evidence-Based Practice Research: Welcome!

Four Steps for Practicing Evidence-Based Medicine

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.

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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.

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