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As defined by Levin (2006), "evidence-based practice (EBP) is a framework for clinical practice that incorporates the best available scientific evidence with the expertise of the clinician and the patient's preferences and values to make decisions about health care." This definition has been expanded upon in recent years and is described by Melynyk and Fineout-Overholt (2011) as a "life-long learning approach to clinical practice that integrates
A systematic search for as well as critical appraisal and synthesis of the most relevant and best research (i.e. external evidence)
One's own clinical expertise, which includes internal evidence generated from outcomes management or quality improvement projects, a thorough patient assessment, and evaluation and use of available resources (i.e. internal evidence)
Patient preferences and values"
Six steps of Evidence-Based Practice
Ask a clinical question in PICOT format
Collect the best, most relevant evidence
Critique the evidence
Integrate the evidence
Evaluate the practice decision
Share the outcomes
Video Tutorials - Searching Nursing/Medical Databases
The BC3 LIbrary Catalog lists the books and media resources available at the BC3 Library. For those at off-campus sites, use the Book request form on this page to request a book be delivered to your site.
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CINAHL is the authoritative resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers. This database provides indexing for 2,928 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health. The database contains more than 1,000,000 records dating back to 1981.