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Searching the Literature for Evidence-Based Answers: Apply


  • Determine how the results of your evaluation impact your situation and decide how to proceed.
  • Include the patient needs when considering how you will proceed with the decision.


Conklin, J. (2019). Using evidence based nursing in practice: EBN in practice. Retrieved from

Duke Program on Teaching Evidence-Based Practice. (n.d.). The evidence cycle [PDF file]. Retrieved from

Hoffmann, T., Bennett, S., & Del Mar, C. (2017). Evidence-based practice across the health professions (3 e ed.). Chatswood, N.S.W: Elsevier. 

Applying the Information

Evidence can be useful in two ways: improving your knowledge or by helping the patient.

Self improvement

  • Use your findings to develop a stronger grasp on issues related to your situation.
  • This research can expand your knowledge and expertise.
  • It's always important to continually improve and work to become a life-long learner.

Patient care

  • Further discuss the information with the patient to determine if what you discovered matches their needs.
  • Evaluate the information you found to see if it will change or reinforce how you approach your clinical practice.
  • If your research is appropriate for your patient, apply this information to how you resolve the situation.