Introduction to evidence-based practice

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Hoffmann, T., Bennett, S. & Del Mar, C. (2010). Introduction to evidence-based practice. In T. Hoffmann, S. Bennett & C. Del Mar (eds). Evidence-based practice across the health professions (pp. 1-15). Sydney: Elsevier.

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What is evidence-based practice?

There is a famous definition by Professor David Sackett and some of his colleagues which declares evidence-based medicine to be explicit and conscientious attempts to find the best available research evidence to assist health professionals to make the best decisions for their clients. Even though this definition was originally given with respect to evidence-based medicine, it is often extended beyond the medical profession and used to define evidence-based practice as well. The definition may sound rather ambiguous so let us pick its elements apart so that you can fully appreciate what is meant by the term evidence-based practice.

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