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Evidence-Based Nursing

The evidence based nursing (EBN) serves to help professionals make informed decisions by learning from what others in the field are learning and researching.

Steps in Evidence Based Nursing

 Using these steps makes it easier to apply current quality evidence from research in clinical and healthcare decisions.

  • Formulate answerable clinical questions   
  • Search for the best evidence
  • Critically appraise the evidence
  • Integrate evidence into practice
  • Evaluate the results
  • Disseminate the evidence


A commonly used format for creating a clinical question is known as PICO(T) which refers to:

P =Patient population of interest

I =Intervention/issue of interest

C =Comparison of interest

O =Outcome of interest


Example: Among the elderly, can yoga help reduce accidental falls? 

P = Elderly

I = Yoga

C = Patients not doing yoga

O = Reducing accidental falls


Evidence Based Practice Databases

A list of databases that allow you to limit your searches and locate Evidence Based Practice Resources.