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Evidence-Based Practice Research: Evidence-Based Practice


Knowing how to do evidence-based practice research is a valuable skill for anyone in the healthcare field. Evidence-based medicine is defined as "the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients" (Sackett, Rosenberg, Gray, Haynes, & Richardson, 1996).


The goal of this guide is to enable you to do evidence-based practice research in the Walden Library and beyond. Specifically, it covers:

  • turning a research question, for instance a PICOT question, into usable search terms
  • searching for different levels of evidence
  • finding evidence-based research in the CINAHL Plus with Full Text & MEDLINE with Full Text databases
  • finding specific types of evidence-based research in the Joanna Briggs Institute EBP database


Note: If you are taking NURS 6052: Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice, please refer to the NURS 6052 Course Guide for specific assignment help.


Sackett, D. L., Rosenberg, W. M. C., Gray, J. A. M., Haynes, R. B., & Richardson, W. S. (1996). Evidence based medicine: What it is and what it isn't. British Medical Journal, 312(7023), 71.

Evidence-based practice research centers

The following links are for websites of various evidence-based research centers. While these sites are not a source for finding full text articles, exploring them may provide context for where evidence-based research comes from and may also show developing research trends. Many centers also offer general information about conducting evidence-based research on their sites.