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(p. 54) The Evidence-Based Practice of Psycho-Oncology 

(p. 54) The Evidence-Based Practice of Psycho-Oncology
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(p. 54) The Evidence-Based Practice of Psycho-Oncology
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Donald R. Nicholas

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199744442.003.0004
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date: 19 October 2019

Evidence–based practice (EBP) is the integration of best available research evidence with clinical expertise, and patient values. In this chapter, a detailed explanation of how to do evidence-based practice in psycho-oncology—following the core competencies of ask, access, appraise, translate, integrate, and evaluate—is provided. The author explains how to ask relevant questions by use of the PICO format; how to access literature by using a designed, online search strategy; how to appraise the evidence by use of resources such as checklists, and journal reporting standards; how to translate the evidence to the needs of a particular patient; and how to integrate the three EBP components. Within integration the decision to adopt, abandon, or adapt best available evidence is explained as an issue of the tension between fit and fidelity. Finally, evaluation of the individual patient and the EBP process are explained.

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