An introduction to evidence-based practice

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Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a process in which scientific evidence is evaluated to determine underlying trends and principles of health/health care. This information is then translated into information about best clinical practices. EBP affords a systematic way to improve healthcare, improve patient outcomes, and evaluate resources needed. The Star Model of EBP provides a mechanism to transform large collections of research data into clinical practice. The 5 steps of knowledge production through original research, evidence summary, evidence translation, implementation, and evaluation differ from the traditional methods for research utilization. A number of groups are currently summarizing research on a wide variety of topics, providing conclusions about the state of the science. The nurse can access these valuable summaries of clinical knowledge as a crucial step in moving research into practice. The use of research evidence in our care increases certainty and predictability in the effect of the practice on the outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-10
Number of pages5
JournalNewborn and Infant Nursing Reviews
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics


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