Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is an model of clinical decision making that combines best available research evidence with clinical expertise and the values and preferences of the patient. The purpose of EBP is to provide informed clinical care that leads to the best outcomes for patients.
EBP is used in many specialty areas of healthcare. It is an "umbrella term" which encompasses evidence-based nursing, evidence-based medicine, evidence-based public health, evidence-based dentistry, etc.
Duke University. (2015). Introduction to evidence-based practice (image). Retrieved from http://guides.mclibrary.duke.edu/c.php?g=158201&p=1036021
The cycle of EBP can be broken down into 5 general steps. The image below provides a brief overview of the steps.
5 steps in evidence based practice. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.anatomy-physiotherapy.com/various/articles/systems/various/ability-of-pts-to-undertake-evidence-based-practice