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Evidence-Based Practice Tutorial: Applying the Results

Applying the Results

Once you have found evidence that you deem valid and relevant to your case, the next step is to choose if and how you should utilize this information in your patient's particular situation. In the beginning of this guide, we pointed out that evidence-based medicine is not the only factor in your decision-making, but that your medical knowledge and the patient's values and expectations should be included as well. It is in this step of the evidence-based medicine process that you integrate these three factors to develop your plan of action.

The following worksheet, from Dartmouth University, is intended to help guide you through this decision-making process:

Applying the Evidence Worksheet