PubMed & Evidence-Based Practice
What is Evidence-Based Practice?
When making decisions on patient care, it is important for health care professionals to use the most relevant, valid and reliable research in making those decisions.
Evidence-based practice is a method of using the best research evidence to strive for optimal patient health outcomes.
To identify the best research evidence, you must:
- Accurately and precisely describe your clinical question
- Search high quality resources to find the best information to address your question
Many people skip the first step and just start searching resources with a vague sense of what they are looking for. Developing a clinical question first will help direct research efforts.