The evidence based practice process has five steps:
Because the evidence-based process informs future questions and practice, it is useful to imagine it as a cycle:
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In following this cycle, the theory of evidence-based practice may be seen as a transdisciplinary approach that not only aims for quality care of individual patients, but also improves accountability for health care practices and promotes life-long learning. These aspects are also reflected in the history of EBP, which addresses a need for quality practice and quality research evidence to support that practice.