Discussion week 8 – nurs 6052 | NURS 6052 – Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice | Walden University
EBP (evidence-based practice) refers to a healthcare approach that combines the most current research with clinical knowledge and patients’ values and preferences in order to guide clinical decisions. EBP plays a vital role in providing high-quality and safe patient care.
Healthcare providers need to follow a structured approach in order to practice EBP. This includes the following steps
- Asking clinical questions. This is the process of formulating a particular question regarding patient care, which can then be answered using all available evidence.
- Finding evidence to support your claim: You will need to search databases and journals for reliable evidence.
- Critically appraising evidence: This involves evaluating the quality of the evidence, including its validity, reliability, and applicability to the patient’s individual circumstances.
- Integrating evidence with clinical expertise and patient values: This involves using the evidence to inform clinical decision-making, while also considering the healthcare provider’s clinical expertise and the patient’s values and preferences.
- Evaluating outcomes: This involves monitoring the patient’s progress and evaluating the effectiveness of the intervention, while also considering the patient’s satisfaction and quality of life.
EBP plays a vital role in improving patient care and health outcomes. It helps healthcare providers make informed clinical decisions, based on the best available evidence, while also considering the patient’s individual needs and preferences. The practice of EBP allows healthcare professionals to provide high-quality, efficient and patient-friendly care.