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Nursing Research Guide: Intro to EBP

Use this page to find resources to assist with nursing and evidence-based practice research projects.

The Latest News

Article #13 in the AJN series is out now!

In the June 2013 issue of The American Journal of Nursing there is a report on a project to reduce the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) among adult patients in a long-term acute care hospital.

This report is significant because it outlines how the authors implemented the seven-step approach to EBP described in the AJN series.

Magers, T. L. 2013. Using evidence-based practice to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infectionsThe American Journal of Nursing 113, no. 6: 34-42. 

What is Evidence-Based Practice?

“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 requires the integration of individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research and our patient's unique values and circumstances.”
-Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM), Toronto, CA

Evidence-based medicine, or evidence-based practice as it is also known, is "the process of systematically finding, appraising and using the best available research findings, integrated with clinical expertise, as the basis for clinical decisions about individual patients." -Black's Medical Dictionary, 41st Edition (2006)

The EBP Process

The steps of Evidence-Based Practice should always begin and end with the patient.

The EBM processs is a patient-centered care model and it is typically initiated during clinical encounters with patients where questions about the effects of therapy, the utility of diagnostic tests, the prognosis of diseases or the etiology of diseases arise.


I would like to thank the librarians at Dahlgren Memorial Library, Washington, DC for their kind permission to re-use content from their Evidence-Based Medicine Resource Guide.

Bibliography of Evidence-Based Practice Articles

Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step

Creator:   American Journal of Nursing

Created:   4/30/2010

Contains:  12 items

An excellent 12-Part series on Evidence-Based Practice has been published in The American Journal of Nursing. This collection of articles was authored by faculty from the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation's Center for the Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice.