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*Evidence-Based Medicine Resources

This guide focused on the "acquire" stage of evidence-based medicine and the resources and search strategies to support this process.

What is Evidence-Based Medicine?

EBP venn diagram: clinical experience, best scientific evidence, patient values Evidence-based practice is "the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient. It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research."

Sackett, D. L., Rosenberg, W. M. C., Gray, J. A. M., Haynes, R. B., & Richardson, W. S. (1996). Evidence based medicine: What it is and what it isn’t. BMJ312(7023), 71–72.

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Evidence-Based Practice Steps

assess, ask, acquire, appraise, apply

This guide will focus on Step 3: Acquire, but the evidence-based process is a cyclical, five step process:

  1. Assess
  2. Ask
  3. Acquire
  4. Appraise
  5. Apply

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Reference Books & Glossaries

Centers for Evidence-Based Medicine

These are organizations and resources that promote and support evidence-based practice, and assist faculty in understanding and teaching the principles of the practice.

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