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Evidence-Based Practice

What is Evidence-Based Practice?

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is a method of using the research literature in conjunction with your patient's values and beliefs, the practice context and the practitioner's own experience to make clinical decisions. 

It is used in a range of health fields, including medicine, nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and social work.

Ultimately, it is a way for health professionals to keep up to date with current best practice rather than relying on the status quo.


EBP components diagram

Steps of Evidence-Based Practice

Evidence-Based Practice can be practised using the 5 'A' step approach.

EBP 5 A diagram

Use this Library Resource Guide to assist you through the process of finding and evaluating evidence for clinical decision-making.

Viva la Evidence: EBP in musical form

McCormack, James. 2013.  Viva La Evidence. Available from: