Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step: Searching for the Evidence

  title={Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step: Searching for the Evidence},
  author={Susan B. Stillwell and Ellen Fineout-Overholt and Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk and Kathleen M. Williamson},
  journal={AJN, American Journal of Nursing},
This is the fourth article in a series from the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation's Center for the Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice. Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a problem-solving approach to the delivery of health care that integrates the best evidence from studies and patient care data with clinician expertise and patient preferences and values. When delivered in a context of caring and in a supportive organizational culture, the highest quality of… 

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