Evidence based practice (EBP) is the conscientious use of current best evidence in making decisions about patient care (Sackett, Straus, Richardson, Rosenberg, & Haynes, 2000).
It is a problem solving approach to clinical practice and administrative issues that integrates:
Having difficulty figuring out good keywords to use to search for information? Use the PICO mnemonic to help get started on brainstorming possible keywords for searching:
P(patient, population, problem)- age, sex, setting, ethnicity, condition,disease, type of patient, or population
I(intervention)- treatment, medications, education, diagnostic tests or best practice(s)
C(comparison with other interventions or current practice)- may not be applicable if your question is looking for best practice.
O(outcome)- stated in measurable terms, expected outcomes based on the intervention identified, such as decrease in fall rate, decrease in length of stay, increase in patient satisfaction
Source: Dearholt S, Dang D, Sigma Theta Tau I, Institute for Johns Hopkins N. Johns Hopkins Evidence-Based Practice Model And Guidelines, Second Edition [e-book]. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International; 2012. Available from: eBook Collection (EBSCOhost), Ipswich, MA. Accessed August 28, 2017.