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Evidence Based Practice

Applying What You've Learned

Congratulations! You have asked a pointed and reasonable question found valid and signifcant studies that are generalizable to your patient or population. Now you must find out how, and if, you apply your findings. 

Applying the evidence is invariably the hardest step in EBP, and the one that requires the most skill. 

Now is when you reach a decision, combining the research you've gathered along side your own expertise and find a way to align it with the client's unique needs and values, and the restraints and needs of the setting. 


Remember these tips when applying the evidence!

Adaptation to Context: While evidence provides valuable insights, it's rarely a one-size-fits-all solution. You need to consider how the evidence aligns within your specific context and whether any adaptations or modifications are necessary to make it practical and effective in your situation.

Implementation Planning: Applying evidence often requires careful planning and execution. This may involve developing action plans, setting milestones, allocating resources, and assigning responsibilities to ensure that the evidence-based strategies are implemented effectively.

Monitoring and Evaluation Once the evidence-based strategies are implemented, it's essential to monitor the client/patient/student's progress and evaluate that impact over time. This may involve collecting data, measuring outcomes and outputs, and making adjustments to them as needed to optimize their efficacy. 

Remember: EBP is an iterative process that requires ongoing learning and improvement. You should continuously seek new evidence, reflect on your experiences, and adapt your approach based on feedback and any new emerging best practices.

Check out this video from the University of South Australia for a more in-depth lecture on applying EBP.

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