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Evidence-based practice (EBP) is the application of the principles of evidence-based medicine (EBM) in patient care. It's goal is to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care. To better understand the concept of EBP, it is necessary to identify the principles of EBM. Evidence-based medicine consists of the following three fundamental principles (sackett):
The Evidence-Based Medicine Triad (Sakett at el., BMJ 1996;312: 71-72)
"The practice of evidence-based medicine is a process of life-long, self-directed learning in which caring for our own patients creates the need for clinically important information about diagnosis, prognosis, therapy, and other clinical and health care issues."
How to use evidence-based medicine to make a clinical decision?
The following five steps for clinicians that are practicing evidence-based medicine in their patient care described by Sackett: