Evidence-based practice consists of five steps:
- Ask a searchable clinical question
- Find the best evidence to answer the question
- Appraise the evidence
- Apply the evidence with clinical expertise, taking the patient's wants/needs into consideration
- Evaluate the effectiveness / efficiency of the process.
Source: Strauss, S. E. Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 2005.