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The Clinical Inquiry Process Resource Guide

The goal of this guide is to provide nurses a resource to understand and carryout the steps of performing an evidence-based practice (EBP) project.

The Evidence: Finding and Appraising the Evidence

Place on the Clinical Inquiry Process Diagram


The Evidence:  From Question Development to Making a Decision


When it comes to clinical inquiry, the initial step involves formulating a question or identifying a problem—a crucial aspect of a multifaceted process. The trajectory your clinical inquiry follows hinges on the available evidence. In the provided diagram, you'll notice several highlighted boxes illustrating the pivotal role of evidence. Keep in mind that the process depicted in the diagram isn't strictly sequential but rather iterative.

The two highlighted yellow boxes represent points where you will need to examine evidence not only related to your topic but also while working through the precise nature of the problem or question. This evidence can encompass both internal and external sources, encompassing data and statistics as well as information gathered through point-of-care tools or published literature such as books and journals.