Evidence-based practice is considered the standard of care across health care disciplines. Unfortunately, most practicing RDNs were not taught the foundations of the evidence-based process (i.e., the 5-Step Process and critical appraisal). Thus, while most RDNs want and attempt to incorporate evidence into their clinical practice, the process is arduous and inefficient.
We will present the 5-Step Process as a mechanism for practicing evidence-based nutrition with emphasis on acquiring and critiquing evidence. The necessity of using evidence to inform clinical decisions will be identified.
The 5-Step Process will be described, and how-to guidance will be provided for each step (i.e., Ask, Acquire, Appraise, Apply, Assess). The evidence-based hierarchy will be discussed, and strategies for efficiently locating evidence will be presented. Resources for critically appraising the literature, and practical strategies for incorporating evidence into the Nutrition Care Process will be reviewed.
- Explain the importance of integrating scientific evidence with experience and patient preferences when developing recommendations for patient care or public health practice.
- Implement the 5-step process of evidence based practice.
- Identify and appraise appropriate sources of scientific evidence.
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