Evidence-based practice (EBP) is an interdisciplinary approach to providing quality health care. Its basic principles are that all practical decisions made should be based on research findings from studies fulfilling certain agreed upon criteria.
The most common definition of EBP is taken from Dr. David Sackett, a pioneer in evidence-based practice. EBP is “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient. It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.” (Sackett D, 1996)
“The goal of EBP is the integration of: (a) clinical expertise/expert opinion, (b) external scientific evidence, and (c) client/patient/caregiver perspectives to provide high-quality services reflecting the interests, values, needs, and choices of the individuals we serve. ”
- What is Evidence-Based Practice? Presented by Dr. Mark Ebell (52:43)