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is Evidence Based Practice?
conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in
making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of
evidence-based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise
with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research"
The definition above, highlights the need to draw on both the professional's clinical experiential knowledge and the best external evidence. Neither is enough on its own. As Sackett and his colleagues point out, clinical practices become out of date if new evidence is not drawn upon. However, the clinician must be aware of what evidence is appropriate to integrate into their practice. This can prove to be a difficult and time-consuming task but it is an essential skill in implementing evidence based practice.
Copyright Morton and Morton 2003