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Evidence-Based Medicine: Review and Practice: Steps in the EBM process

Created by Health Science Librarians

There are 6 steps in the evidence-based practice process:

ASSESS the PatientEvidence Based Medicine Cycle includes Assess, Ask, Acquire, Appraise, Apply, Assess, and Evaluate

Start with the patient---a clinical problem or question arise from the care of the patient​

ASK the Question​

Construct a well-built clinical question derived from the case using the PICO framework​

ACQUIRE the Evidence​

Select the appropriate resource(s) and conduct a search​

APPRAISE the Evidence​

Appraise the evidence for its relevance, reliability, validity, and applicability​

APPLY the Evidence to the Patient

Integrate the evidence with clinical expertise, patient preferences, and apply it to practice

EVALUATE the Process and Outcomes

Did the evidence help the patient?  Does the process need to be changed or updated?