Foundations of Evidence Informed Practice Modules


These modules present a model of evidence informed practice (EIP) that includes three types of evidence: clinical experience, patient presentation, and research studies. They examine the role of each type of evidence in clinical decision-making, and focus on knowledge and skills needed to apply research evidence in practice.

Section 1: Overview of Evidence Informed Practice

These modules describe the overall model and explain its three components in more detail.

Section 2: Types of Research

These modules explore the characteristics of different types of healthcare research, including basic science, clinical research, observational research, and qualitative research. They also address the important role of summary research in providing potentially relevant and valid research that minimizes work for busy clinicians.

Section 3: Using Evidence in Practice

These modules discuss resources and strategies for building a foundational research knowledge base and keeping up-to-date with current research.


Section 4: Understanding Research and Statistics

These modules explain important concepts related to understanding research results and interpreting statistics.


These modules were made possible through funding from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH; formerly NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health (R25AT003582). The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NCCIH. 

Our goal is to make these modules widely available at no cost to other educational institutions and professional organizations to facilitate evidence informed practice. If you include one or more of these modules in a course or program, please let us know so that we can track use and notify you if there are any changes to modules or links. Email Dr. Roni Evans.