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Five Steps of Evidence-Based Practice

Evidence-based practice starts with identifying a knowledge gap and formulating a focused, answerable question.

5 steps in the process of evidence-based practice -- see below image for explanatory text.

Image is based on the process described by Straus, et al., in Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM, 5th edition, 2019.

The five steps of EBP include:

  • Ask a question
  • Acquire evidence
  • Critically appraise evidence
  • Apply evidence
  • Assess evidence-based practice/medicine process