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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Asking a searchable, answerable question is a basic step in the EBP process. Sackett and colleagues (2000) referred to this step as the most challenging step in the EBP process. One could assume that the skill of asking a searchable, answerable clinical question is already developed in clinicians, since they are practicing. As well, one may assume it is easily developed in pre-licensure students; however, when attempting to ask the question using a standardized format, the challenge and thought required increases. Keeping these factors in mind will assist educators in designing curricula in which objectives are dedicated to assisting learners in how to ask the question in a searchable, answerable format, and to understanding the subsequent implications of this endeavor.

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