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Nursing Informatics: NURS 4303: Evidence Based Medicine

What is Evidence Based Medicine?

Finding, critically appraising, and using the current best evidence to make decisions regarding the care of individual patients. 

Why is Evidence Based Practice Important?

  • More than 6,000 new scientific articles are published daily.
  • Difficult to keep up with recent advances.
  • Practice is rapidly outdated.
  • Clinicians may only rely on the studies that they have read, expert opinion or tradition.
  • Staff shortages make efficiency critical.
  • EBP reduces costs, both financially and physically, to patients.


How Can Evidence Based Practice Help?

  • Evidence based practice provides an alternative to the unscientific ways in which decisions are made.
  • Provides a method to assess and critique medical research.
  • Avenue for better care and "burnout" reduction among staff.


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