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How to find evidence based resources. Aimed at all health science students.

Welcome to Evidence-Based Practice in Health


The classic definition of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is from Dr David Sackett. EBP is “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient. It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research”.

EBP has developed over time to now integrate the best research evidence, clinical expertise, the patient's individual values and circumstances, and the characteristics of the practice in which the health professional works.


Sackett, D., Rosenberg, W., Gray, J., et al. (1996). Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't: it's about integrating individual clinical expertise and the best external evidence. BMJ, 312, 71-72. doi:

Getting started with EBP

Check out this great tutorial on Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) in Health, a Reference Shelf of supporting eBooks, and a Toolkit of online sources of evidence sourced from the University of Canberra:

University of Canberra: Evidence-based Practice in Health

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Evidence-based Health Databases

Key Health Databases that inlcude evidence-based information

Click on the  Database tab to access the full list of databases available.

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