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Basics on EBP concepts and resources at LLUH with a focus on the first three steps, ASK, ACQUIRE, and APPRAISE.

Welcome!  Use this guide to help you navigate evidence-based practice (EBP) concepts and resources, especially focusing on the first three steps, ASK, ACQUIRE, and APPRAISE.  While this guide looks at EBP through a nursing lens, it can be used generally for all fields.  For more information on searching, broader nursing resources, access, library services, and more, see our Nursing Information Resource Guide.  Questions or suggestions?  Please contact the Research & Instruction Department.

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Information on the 5 steps:  Ask, Acquire, Appraise, Apply, Assess

How to formulate an answerable clinical question.

Practice clinical scenarios/PICO

Evidence pyramid

Explanation of types of studies

Databases to search

How to search

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EBP journals available at LLUH


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Articles, books, and ebooks on EBN/EBP available at LLUH.

overview showing generally how to search for the following:

What is Evidence-based Nursing

"An ongoing process by which evidence, nursing theory and the practitioners’ clinical expertise are critically evaluated and considered, in conjunction with patient involvement, to provide delivery of optimum nursing care for the individual."

Scott, K., & McSherry, R. (2009). Evidenceā€based nursing: clarifying the concepts for nurses in practice. Journal of clinical nursing, 18(8), 1085-1095. 


"Evidence-Based Nursing (EBN) is an integration of the best evidence available, nursing expertise, and the values and and preferences of the individual, families, and communities who are served..."  Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing. 


EBP Step-by-Step collection /  AJN

Authored by faculty from the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation's Center for the Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice this series of articles, "give nurses the knowledge and skills they need to implement EBP consistently, one step at a time.

What is evidence-based Nursing? / UNC Chapel Hill guide

Article: The impact of evidence-based practice in nursing and the next big ideas - Briefly describes the EBP movement and considers some of the impact of EBP on nursing practicemodels and frameworkseducation, and research.

Stevens, K., (May 31, 2013) "The Impact of Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and the Next Big Ideas" OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing Vol. 18, No. 2, Manuscript 4. 

EBP Overview in less than a minute

EBN Guides & Tutorials across the web

Watch thisEvidence-Based Practice: Improving Practice, Improving Outcomes (Part One) / by Anne Dabrow Woods, MSN, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, Chief Nurse, Wolters Kluwer Health.
Watch thisEvidence-Based Practice: Improving Practice, Improving Outcomes (Part Two) / by Anne Dabrow Woods, MSN, 

Using evidence based practice in nursing: a 5-step process / UNC
Evidence based practice in the health sciences (Univ. of Queensland)
Evidence based practice--an interprofessional tutorial (Univ. of Minnesota)

Evidence-Based Practice Resources / VCU Libraries
Evidence-Based Practice / Univ. of Washington

Introduction to  Evidence-Based Practice tutorial / Duke University Medical Center Library

LLU EBP worksheets

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STAT!Ref Evidence Alerts --daily evidence alerts (email or RSS) from over 130 premier clinical journals. It works with McMaster PLUS delivering pre-rated EBM alerts that are qualified, then rated for clinical relevance and newsworthiness by a panel of practicing physicians. 

EPC Evidence-based Reports / AHRQ