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Finding the Evidence in the Practice of Evidence-Based Healthcare

Purpose of this guide

This LibGuide is intended to lead you through the process of finding information (evidence) in the practice of Evidence-Based Healthcare. For more information on Evidence-Based Healthcare, consult the reading lists at the end of the guide.

Glossary of EBM terms

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See also our guides for the postgraduate researcher and for finding demographic and health statistics

Definition of Evidence-Based Medicine

“Evidence-Based Medicine is the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values"

(Sackett and others, 2000. Evidence-based medicine: how to practice and teach EBM. 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone)


      The EBM Triad. Florida State University. College of Medicine.                                         

5 Step EBM Model

The practice of EBM involves a multi-step process (sometimes called the five A's) of identifying the best evidence and then evaluating it for validity, importance and applicability.
ASK                     Formulate an answerable clinical question
ACCESS              Search for evidence - use the library!
APPRAISE           Critically appraise studies
APPLY                 Apply evidence to patient care
ASSESS              Evaluate performance
It is in the first two steps of this process that the library can be of assistance to you, helping you with keywords and finding the best evidence.             

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