In clinical settings health practitioners undertake the EBP cycle when faced with a patient dilemma or point-of-care need. This cycle consists of five 'A's:
[Adapted from Putting evidence into practice]
ASK: Construct a well-built clinical question derived from the actual case.
ACQUIRE: Select the appropriate resources and conduct a search in order to acquire the evidence.
APPRAISE: Evaluate the evidence for its validity and applicability in clinical practice.
APPLY: Integrate the evidence with clinical expertise and patient preferences to apply to practice.
ACT: Evaluate the performance and success of the change in practice.
Using quality EB resources saves clinical staff time and effort, as well as providing access to pre-appraised information from scholarly sources. For example:
EBP Resources has an extended list of resources available from UON Library.
Please note that resources available from hospital / professional locations may vary - check with library or other staff on-site at these locations for access information.