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Practice Question Activities

  • Define the practice problem
    • Understanding source of the problem. 
  • Scope of the practice problem 
  • Identify background and foreground questions
  • Creating an answerable question
  • Define question function
    • research vs non-research 
    • question type

*Dearholt & Dang, 2012

Evidence Activities

  • Developing a search strategy
    • Boolean operators 
  • Review applicable types of studies 
  • Construct search in database 
    • controlled vocabulary 
    • PICO blocks 
    • Boolean connection
  • Appraise the evidence 
  • Summarize evidence 
  • Consider possible pathways for change

*Dearholt & Dang, 2012

Translation Activities

  • Determine requirements for translation. 
  • Determine action plan factors. 
  • Determine Communication modes. 

*Dearholt & Dang, 2012

What is EBP?

Evidence Based Practice or (EBP) "is a problem solving approach to clinical decision making" that "integrates the best scientific evidence with the best experiential evidence." EBP uses "research, organizational experience, clinical expertise, expert opinion, and patient preferences" to encourage the implementation of best interventions and practices. (Dearholt, S.L.)

*Graphic tool created by Duke University Medical Center


The PET Process

Practice Question: Develop a focused question based on a clearly defined practice problem. 

Evidence: Create a search strategy and search for relevant evidence. 

Translation: Translate the evidence into patient care and evaluate the outcomes

*Dearholt & Dang, 2012