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date: 03 December 2020

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is the integration of the best available evidence with clinical expertise to make decisions about the care of individual patients. This chapter explains how EBP can benefit patients by introducing new treatments, reducing the harm associated with necessary treatments, and questioning the continued use of ineffective or harmful therapies. To practice EBP, clinicians should become acquainted with techniques, and stay up-to-date with current and new publications, and research findings. When high quality evidence is unavailable to answer specific clinical questions, practitioners of EBP still rely on clinical judgment and expertise to decide upon the best treatment strategies for their patients. However, they should be wary of the potential harms of unproven therapies. The controversy that has accompanied the adoption of EBP is discussed, including debate about potential limitations and unintended consequences. Suggestions on how to implement EBP into your own practice are provided.

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