The first and most important step in practising EBVM is to ask the right question(s). Without the right question, we cannot hope to ACQUIRE  the correct evidence for critical appraisal, nor can we establish a context within which we can APPRAISE its relevance and quality. Only then can we APPLY our new knowledge in a clinical context, in order to ASSESS its impact on our practice.

By the end of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Describe why a well-formed question is fundamental to the EBVM process, and avoid the common pitfalls in asking questions.
  • Identify clinical questions in practice.
  • Construct a clinical question correctly.