Definition of Evidence-Based Practice:
Placing the clients benefits first, evidence-based practitioners
adopt a process of lifelong learning that involves continually posing
specific questions of direct practical importance to clients, searching
objectively and efficiently for the current best evidence relative to
each question, and taking appropriate action guided by evidence.
for supporting evidence and sources. To see a demonstration of EBP practiced
in a hospital team, courtroom, and school IEP conference, see the CD that
accompanies the book referenced below.
Evidence-Based Practice for the Helping Professions
The information contained in this website is copyrighted. It will appear
in: Gibbs, L. (2003). Evidence-Based Practice for the Helping Professions:
A Practical Guide with Integrated Multimedia, Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/
Cole an Imprint of Wadsworth Publishers.
for This Website
- Leonard Gibbs,
Department of Social Work, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire;
- Eamon C.
Armstrong, MD, Lehigh Valley Family Practice Residency Program,
- Donna Raleigh,
Media Development, University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire,
- Josette Jones,
School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire
in the Helping Professions, Members of the Helping Professions
in Training in Their Research Methods and Practice Courses, Instructors
in the Helping Professions Teaching Evidence-Based Practice Across
To help practitioners
to pose specific questions regarding practice, to help them to
plan an electronic search for the current best evidence regarding
their question, and to search electronically for an answer.
Practice is the conscientious, explicit and judicious use
of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of
[clients]. (Sackett, Richardson, Rosenberg & Haynes,
1997, p. 2)
Last Updated 3.9.2007