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Physician Associate Studies: Evidence Based Practice

What is Evidence Based Practice?

"Evidence based medicine is the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research." (Sackett et al., 1996, p. 71).

 Sackett, D.L., Rosenberg, W.M., Gray, J.A., Haynes, R.B., Richardson, W.S., 1996. Evidence-based medicine: What it is and what it isn’t. BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), 312(7023), 71–2.

Steps of Evidence Based Practice

  1. Ask a searchable clinical question
  2. Acquire the evidence
  3. Appraise the evidence for validity, applicability, and timeliness
  4. Apply information by integrating into your clinical decision-making process
  5. Audit evaluate the previous 4 steps