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Apply the Evidence to Your Patient
Before applying the evidence to your patient, think about the following questions:
- Are the patients in the study similar to my patient?
- If the answer is no; are the differences significant?
- What are the study's primary and secondary outcomes?
- Does either match the PICO question outcome?
- Are the treatment benefits worth any potential harm or costs?
If you are satisfied with the answers to these questions, use the evidence for patient care.
(See the Appraisal tools box for help answering these questions.)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - AHRQ
EPC/Evidence Based Practice updates
Through its EPC updates, AHRQ sponsors the development of numerous reports to help health care organizations in their efforts to improve the quality of health care in the United States.
Relevant scientific literature on a wide spectrum of clinical and health services topics is reviewed, to assist health care professionals and their patients in making informed decisions.