What Is the Difference Between an Evidence Based & Research Based Practice?

Determining the Standard of Medical Care
Determining the Standard of Medical Care (Image: medical tool. image by Yuri Bizgaimer from Fotolia.com)

Evidence-based and research-based practice are methods of scientific inquiry used to determine a standard of medical care.

Evidence-based Practice (EBP)

Evidence-based Practice (EBP) integrates scientific and clinical expertise, current clinical data along with the values of the individual patient to determine the method and quality of services. The final decision is based upon a sufficient assessment of the available data and a reasonable belief that the decision will generate the best patient outcome.

Research-based Practice

Research-based practice is a scientific method involving the collection and analyzing of traditional practices within a standard of care. Clinicians identify more effective means of patient care by comparing established methods with results of available research, resulting in changes to the delivery of care when deemed medically appropriate and ensures an improved outcome.


Preference of a particular method of practice is dependent upon the philosophy of the medical institution and its individual practitioners. Proponents of each method are likely to insist upon their method being the one that best delivers the highest standard of care.

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