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What is Evidence-Based Practice Literature?

Evidence-Based Practice literature is a careful, scientific summary of the conclusions of many articles on a given subject. Researchers use statistical methods to analyze many studies, looking at the strengths and weaknesses of each. They apply their analysis to come to a concise conclusion that can be used for patient care at the bedside. EBP is considered "primary source" literature.

A single article is often the result of only one study. It doesn't carry the same weight as EBP.

A single article can be evidence-based, but only if it is what is called a "secondary source." In other words, the information within it is written second-hand using an EBP study.

You can review the concept of Primary and Secondary sources on the Library of Canada Archive Learning Centre Toolkit site.

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