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Evidence-Based Practice: EBP: An Introduction

The Evidence-Based Practice guide is designed for students, faculty, and clinicians who need information about evidence-based practice in healthcare.

What is EBP?

“Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a problem-solving approach to the delivery of health care that integrates the best evidence from studies and patient care data with clinician expertise and patient preferences and values. When delivered in a context of caring and in a supportive organizational culture, the highest quality of care and best patient outcomes can be achieved.”

Melnyk, B., Fineout-Overholt, E., Stillwell, S., & Williamson, K. (2009). Evidence-based practice: step by step. Igniting a spirit of inquiry. American Journal of Nursing, 109(11), 49-52. doi:10.1097/01.NAJ.0000363354.53883.58

The EBM Triad

Source: Florida State University, College of Medicine

Twelve articles were published in the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) to give nurses the knowledge and skills they need to implement EBP consistently, one step at a time. The series was authored by faculty from the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation's Center for the Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice.

The series received the Nursing Media Award for Print from Sigma Theta Tau International Awards for Nursing Excellence.

ANA Research Toolkit

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has developed a Research Toolkit that serves as an introduction to nursing research and evidence-based practice. The toolkit's resources support the nurse researcher in translating evidence into practice. All contents are freely accessible with the exception of the Research Repository.

The Toolkit's contents:

  • Asking the Question
  • Acquiring Information
  • Appraising the Evidence
  • Essential Nursing Resources
  • Research Glossaries
  • Critique a Research Article
  • Education about Evidence-based Practice and Research
  • Comparative Effectiveness Research/Patient Centered Outcomes Research
  • Human Subjects Protection
  • Research Funding
  • Research Organizations
  • ANA’s Research Agenda
  • National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI®)
  • International Council of Nurses (ICN) Evidence-Based Practice Resource
  • Research Repository [Members Only - Login Required]