Teaching EBP: Asking Searchable, Answerable Clinical Questions

Center for the Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287-2602, USA.
Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing (Impact Factor: 2.38). 02/2005; 2(3):157-60. DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-6787.2005.00032.x
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