A Definition Of Evidence Based Management



Although many definitions of evidence-based practice are available, the most frequently quoted and widely used is David Sackett's definition of evidence-based medicine (1996). 


Since then many professions have embraced the advantages of an evidence-based approach to practice and learning. Therefore the concept of evidence-based medicine was broadened in 2005 to 'evidence-based practice' to emphasize the fact that evidence-based practitioners may share more attitudes in common with other evidence-based than with non evidence-based colleagues from their own profession who do not embrace the evidence-based paradigm.


The following definition is partly adapted from the Sicily statement of evidence-based practice. This definition does not only provide a clear statement of what evidence-based practice means, but also describes the minimum skill set required to practice in an evidence-based way.



"Evidence-based practice is about making decisions through the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of the best available evidence from multiple sources by ….



Translating a practical issue or problem into an answerable question


Systematically searching and retrieving the evidence


Critically judging the trustworthiness and relevance of the evidence


Weighing and and pulling together the evidence


Incorporating the evidence in the decision-making process


Evaluating the outcome of the decision taken


 … to increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome."