Evidence Based Practice is the integration of clinical expertise, patient values and the best evidence into the decision making process for patient care.
(Sackett, D.L., et al. (2000). Evidence-based medicine: How to practice and teach EBM (2nd ed.). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone).
The aim of EBP is for health care professionals to practise based on the best research evidence available, rather than on personal opinion. This leads to:
1. Diagram from http://www.hsl.unc.edu/Services/Tutorials/EBM/whatis.htm and Hoffmann, T. et al.(2009). Evidence based practice across the health professions. Chatswood, N.S.W.:Elsevier Australia.
2. Aim of EBP taken from MLA course "Expert searching for EBN" by Emily Partridge.