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What is Evidence-Based Practice?

Evidence-Based Practice is defined in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings), as follows:

A way of providing health care that is guided by a thoughtful integration of the best available scientific knowledge with clinical expertise. This approach allows the practitioner to critically assess research data, clinical guidelines, and other information resources in order to correctly identify the clinical problem, apply the most high-quality intervention, and re-evaluate the outcome for future improvement.

EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE RESOURCES

PRACTICE GUIDELINES

AHRQ's National Guidelines Clearinghouse - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) guidelines are organized by clinical specialty areas.

EPC Evidence-based Reports - AHRQ's Evidence-based Practice Center reports provide comprehensive, science-based infomation on common, costly medical conditions and new health care technologies and strategies.

IDSA Practice Guidelines - The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Practice Guidelines are categorized by Antimicrobial Agent Use, Infections by Organ System, Infections by Organism, and Other Guidelines.  Site also includes translations of practice guidelines in languages other than English.

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines - Veterans Healthcare Affairs, in collaborations with the Department of Defense (DoD), has been developing clinical practice guidelines since the early 1990's.  In 2010 the Institute of Medicine identified VA/DoD as leaders in clinical practice guideline development.

 

US PREVENTIVE SERVICES TASK FORCE

Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2014

Information for Health Professionals

Information for Consumers

General Evidence-Based Practice Guides

There are many excellent EBM guides available.  These resources are open to anyone on the Internet.