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Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing: What is Evidence-based Practice?

This guide provides principles and resources for using evidence-based practice research in nursing and medicine.

Evidence-based practice in nursing

Evidence-based Practice

 Evidence-based practice is the use of current, best evidence in making clinical decisions regarding individual patient care. Evidence-based practice integrates:

  • The best evidence from well-designed studies.
  • A patient’s preferences or values.
  • A clinician’s expertise from evidence gathered from the patient’s dataEvidence-based practice venn diagram

Evidence-based practice helps you make informed and personalized treatment decisions and deliver high quality health care to your patients.

Watch this video introducing evidence-based practice from the Iowa State University Library.