What is Evidence Based Practice?

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is "the process by which health care providers incorporate the best research or evidence into clinical practice in combination with clinical expertise and within the context of patient values."

EBP is based on three components:

  • clinical expertise/expert opinion
  • external scientific evidence
  • client/patient/caregiver perspective and values










The goal of EBP is to provide the highest level of patient care, as well as the best patient outcomes possible. 

Source: Franz, J.F. & Cataldo, L.J. (2013). Evidence Based practice. In Gale (Ed.), The Gale encyclopedia of nursing and allied health (3rd ed.). Farmington, MI: Gale.

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