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A guide to the most useful nursing resources at IUPUI


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Anna Liss Jacobsen
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What is Evidence Based Practice?

About evidence-based practice


Three overlapping circles demonstrating evidence based practice (EBP). One circle = best research evidence. One circle = clinical expertise. One circle = patient values. The highlighted overlapping region of all three = EBP.


Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is the judicious use of the best research evidence (found in health sciences literature), clinical expertise (what the health care provider knows) and patient values (what the patient wants and believes) to create a plan of action regarding patient care.  Evidence-based practice is an umbrella term that covers evidence-based medicine, evidence-based nursing, evidence-based dentistry, evidence-based public health, etc.