What are evidence-based medicine (EBM) and evidence-based practice (EBP)? According to the international organization the Cochrane Collaboration, as well as various prominent researchers and practitioners such as David Sackett, Iain Chalmers, and Paul Glasziou, EBM is the use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of patients or the delivery of health services.

While EBM was the first term coined for this approach to clinical practice, it quickly became clear that an evidence-based approach also applies to nursing, allied health, and other forms of clinical practice, and so the term EBP is now more widely used because it encapsulates the evidence-based approach to clinical decision making.

EBP is the integration of the best available clinical evidence from systematic reviews of relevant research with ...

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