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Nursing Education

About Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) & PICO

Evidenced-Based Practice (EBP)

“Evidence based nursing practice is the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of theory-derived, research-based information in making decisions about care delivery to individuals or groups of patients and in consideration of individual needs and preferences.” [Ingersoll, G. L. (2000). Evidence-Based Nursing: What it is and what it isn’t. Nursing Outlook. 48(4). 151-152.]


"PICO is a widely-used acronym to assist in remembering the key components of a clinical question. There are additional letters and frameworks to help you formulate a question fitting your research. Not all parts of PICO are required! PICO is a framework to help you narrow your topic, not a rule."  --UNC Health Sciences Library library guide.

See these guides for a better understanding of EBP and the PICO framework:

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