Evidence-Based Practice

What Makes Up Evidence-Based Practice?

     Evidence-based practice includes three areas:  professional practice/experience, values, and evidence (Brown, 2018; Schmidt & Brown, 2015).  Melnyck and Fineout-Overholt stress that a synthesis of evidence from a number of research studies should be grouped with expertise and values (2015).  Nurses should include all three when making informed decisions that are based on evidence (Brown, 2018; Schmidt & Brown, 2015).  These three items are well rounded—experiences provide valuable knowledge, values incorporate what is right, and evidence from the literature is peer reviewed research data from the experts.  Together, these three items set up effective decision making.


Brown, S. J. (2018). Evidence-based nursing: The research-practice connection. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Melnyck, B. M. & Fineout-Overholt, E.  (2015).  Evidence-based practice in nursing & health:  A guide to best practice.  Philadelphia, PA:  Wolters Kluwer.

Schmidt, N. A. & Brown, J. M. (2015).  Evidence-based practice for nurses:  Appraisal and application of research.  Burlington, MA:  Jones & Bartlett Learning.