Lesson 5 Summary

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Topic Progress:

This lesson may have seemed overwhelming at first because of the amount of potentially new information. Anytime a new skill set is developed, it takes time and energy. By the end of this lesson, it was hoped that you would be very familiar with the concept of evidence-based practice and the initial skills associated with the process of evidence-based decision making. This lesson provided practice opportunities to reflect on your own practice, frame searchable/answerable clinical questions, and search for and retrieve evidence.

In addition, we examined the relationship between evidence-based practice, the skills of evidence-based decision making, and CCSA competencies.

Lesson 6 will continue the process of developing your EBDM by looking at the skills needed for appraising evidence. You also will have an opportunity to use your full set of skills again with a case study example.


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