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Evidence-Based Practice

Since the Evidence-Based Medicine Working Group introduced the process of evidence-based practice (EBP) into the literature in 1992, this model has drawn a considerable amount of attention from both the research and practice communities. Although EBP has been defined in a variety of ways, some of which are frankly misleading, there exists a fair consensus regarding the meaning of the term when we turn to the primary source documents in the field. One such definition is as follows:

Evidence practice consists of the judicious, conscientious and explicit use of the best available research evidence, combined with client preferences and values, professional ethical standards, one's clinical expertise, and the unique circumstances surrounding the situation, in making decisions about the care of individual clients.

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