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Evidence-based practice (EBP) is an approach to decision-making in which healthcare professionals integrate their clinical expertise, patient values and preferences, healthcare resources, and the best available research evidence to make a well-informed and patient-centered decision.

Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't. BMJ 1996;312:71

Applying EBP has several benefits and can support:
  • Improved patient outcomes
  • Increased efficiency
  • Reduced costs
  • Increased patient satisfaction

Overall, EBP helps ensure that healthcare providers are providing the best possible care to their patients.To learn more about how to bring evidence into practice see our self-guided tutorial: Finding the Best Evidence in 3 Steps

High-quality evidence refers to research evidence that is reliable, valid, and relevant to the clinical question or problem at hand. It is based on well-designed studies that minimize bias and confounding factors, use appropriate statistical methods, and report their findings clearly and transparently. KRS provides access to a variety of resources that you can use to support your work here at AHS.

Learn more about how to recognize the quality of resources and pick the best places to search based on your question type.

Here are three quality resources that make it especially fast and easy to bring the best available evidence into your practice:
TRIP Database
TRIP PRO database offers access to a wide range of systematic reviews and meta-analyses, making it an invaluable resource for EBP. The PICO search is handy for targeted searching based on patient population, intervention, comparison, and outcome.
Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library is a leading provider of high-quality systematic reviews. With over 10,000 Cochrane Reviews covering a wide range of topics, you'll always find unbiased, reliable information about the effectiveness of different interventions.
DynaMed is an evidence-based clinical decision support tool that provides access to high-quality evidence at the point of care, succinctly summarized. DynaMed's content is reviewed and updated daily, ensuring that you always have access to the latest evidence.

Take a minute to familiarize yourself with these resources and check out the EBP tips below to learn how to get the very best out of them.

Making it easier to spot higher quality evidence, TRIP Pro database uses both colour coded filters and an evidence pyramid next to each their results. The evidence pyramid helps to convey both the quantity and potential quality of research, and is a shorthand for where you are likely to find the best evidence in the shortest time!

Additionally, TRIP's easy PICO search builder (found on the second search tab on the homepage) helps to clarify your question and return a focused set of search results, bringing back the most relevant research on the topic, saving you time.

The Cochrane Library is a pre-filtered evidence source which offers access to synthesized publication types like systematic reviews and critically appraised topics. They developed stringent methodologies to reduce bias, are transparent in their reporting, and are generally considered a high-quality source of evidence on healthcare interventions and treatments. To get the latest reviews sent directly to your inbox, Cochrane offers several alert services to keep you up-to-date! The browse by topic view is also particularly handy if you want to see all the available reviews in a particular practice area.
Quickly find and determine the quality of the best available evidence that you see with these three labels used within DynaMed:
  1. Level 1 (likely reliable) Evidence Representing research results addressing clinical outcomes and meeting an extensive set of quality criteria which minimizes bias. There are two types of conclusions which can earn a Level 1 label: levels of evidence for conclusions derived from individual studies and levels of evidence for conclusions regarding a body of evidence.
  2. Level 2 (mid-level) Evidence Representing research results addressing clinical outcomes, and using some method of scientific investigation, but not meeting the quality criteria to achieve Level 1 evidence labeling.
  3. Level 3 (lacking direct) Evidence Representing reports that are not based on scientific analysis of clinical outcomes. Examples include case series, case reports, expert opinion, and conclusions extrapolated indirectly from scientific studies.

In-Depth Look at Levels of Evidence

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