According to the American Nurses Association (ANA), nursing interventions should be practical, methodical decisions based on EBP research studies. EBP helps nurses determine an effective course of action for care delivery. It combines best practices from the latest medical literature with clinical experience and the values and preferences of the patients under treatment. This problem-solving approach to clinical practice encourages nurses to provide individualized patient care.
The steps involved in EBP research include:
Formulating a clinical question to identify a problem
Searching the literature for research that provides evidence regarding the clinical problem
Evaluating the scientific merit of the research based on established criteria
Implementing clinical decisions based on the evidence found