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Nursing & Health Services Research Guide

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Key Terms in EBP
A glossary of key terms developed by the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

Evidence-based Practice
Resources complied by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)


Evidence-Based Practice in Health Sciences

Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Evidence Based Practice Terms

Evidence-Based Nursing - A way of providing nursing care that is guided by the integration of the best available scientific knowledge with nursing expertise. This approach requires nurses to critically assess relevant scientific data or research evidence, and to implement high-quality interventions for their nursing practice. (from the NLM PubMed MeSH).

Evidence-Based Practice - A way of providing health care that is guided by a thoughtful integration of the best available scientific knowledge with clinical expertise. This approach allows the practitioner to critically assess research data, clinical guidelines, and other information resources in order to correctly identify the clinical problem, apply the most high-quality intervention, and re-evaluate the outcome for future improvement (from the NLM PubMed MeSH).

Evidence-Based Medicine - An approach of practicing medicine with the goal to improve and evaluate patient care. It requires the judicious integration of best research evidence with the patient's values to make decisions about medical care. This method is to help physicians make proper diagnosis, devise best testing plan, choose best treatment and methods of disease prevention, as well as develop guidelines for large groups of patients with the same disease. (from JAMA 296 (9), 2006)