If you have found evidence that is valid, significant and generalizable from the study population to your patient, you must decide whether and how to apply the findings to your patient's care.
Applying the best evidence is arguably the Evidenced-Based Practice (EBP) step that requires the most skill. It is at this step that you synthesise the best scientific knowledge with your clinical expertise and the patient's unique values and circumstances to reach a clinical decision:
Before applying evidence from research to your patient, ask yourself:
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