EBP means engaging in five steps as a way of practicing: asking, acquiring, appraising, applying, and analysing. Our framework highlights the range of factors that need to be considered when engaging in those steps, to achieve high-quality EBP.
EBP always involves seeking relevant, reliable information (e.g., research evidence, clinical guidelines) to inform healthcare decision-making. Quality EBP happens when this information is integrated with all other relevant considerations, such as the client's situation and perspective and one's own training and clinical experience. The broader geographical, socio-economic, and cultural context is also important to consider.
Students on placement need opportunities to learn how to do each step well and to demonstrate that learning. The tips in this website assist supervisors to both facilitate and assess students' EBP learning, one step at a time.