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Evidence-Based Practice

What is Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)?

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:

  • a reduction in the variations in individual clinicians's practices
  • an enhancement of best practices
  • reduced costs
  • improved quality in health care
  • increased patient satisfaction

1. Diagram from 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.


This guide has been modified from the Curtin University Evidence Based Practice libguide with permission.

Evidence into Practice Parts 1 and 2 (From Wolters Kluwer)