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Repeated or customary action; habitual performance; a succession of acts of similar kind; custom; usage. The exercise of any profession.

The form or mode or proceeding in courts of justice for the enforcement of rights or the redress of wrongs, as distinguished from the Substantive Law that gives the right or denounces the wrong. The form, manner, or order of instituting and conducting an action or other judicial proceeding, through its successive stages to its end, in accordance with the rules and principles laid down by law or by the regulations and precedents of the courts.

An attorney is actually engaged in the Practice of Law when she maintains an office, offers to perform legal services, describes herself as an attorney on letterheads or business cards, counsels clients, negotiates with other parties or opposing counsel, and fixes and collects fees for legal work. A doctor is practicing medicine when he discovers the cause and nature of diseases, treats illnesses and injuries, or prescribes and administers medical or surgical care. Lawyers and doctors must qualify for licenses before they may practice their professions.

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1) n. custom or habit as shown by repeated action, as in "it is the practice in the industry to confirm orders before shipping." 2) the legal business, as in "law practice," or "the practice of the law." 3) v. to repeat an activity in order to maintain or improve skills, as "he practices the violin every evening." 4) v. to conduct a law business, as "she practices law in St. Louis."

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PRACTICE. The form, manner and order of conducting and carrying on suits or prosecutions in the courts through their various stages, according, to the principles of law, and the rules laid down by the respective courts.
     2. By practice is also meant the business which an attorney or counsellor does; as, A B has a good practice.
     3. The books on practice are very numerous; among the most popular are those Of Tidd, Chitty, Archbold, Sellon, Graham, Dunlap, Caines, Troubat and Haly, Blake, Impey.
     4. A settled, uniform, and loll, continued practice, without objection is evidence of what the law is, and such practice is based on principles which are founded in justice and convenience. Buck, 279; 2 Russ. R. 19, 570; 2 Jac. It. 232; 5 T. R. 380; 1 Y. & J. 167, 168; 2 Crompt. & M. 55; Ram on Judgm. ch. 7.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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One of the central notions of evidence-based practice is that certain types of knowledge are viewed as more valuable than others (Hardiman, Theriot, & Hodges, 2005).
As a result, the APA launched the 2005 Presidential Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice, aimed at uniting the field to arrive at an accepted set of standards which could be applied across all disciplines within the larger field of psychology.
Planning for implementation of evidence-based practice. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 42(4), 222-230.
Why evidence-based practice? Urologic Nursing, 26(1), 11.
That's a big deal," notes study coauthor Lynn Ford, director of the Center for Transdisciplinary Evidence-Based Practice. 'There's a public perception that this is what hospitals are already doing, and the sad news is, many are not."
My concerns about the lack of an evidence-based practice process definition, however, are alleviated somewhat by the description of many of its characteristics in chapter 1 (e.g., accommodating client needs, preferences, and circumstances; evaluating outcomes at individual and program levels; and using practice outcome research to guide initial selection of an approach).
An advanced educational program promoting evidence-based practice. 'Western journal of Nursing Research, 33(3), 345-364.
Evidence-based practice is considered to have developed its roots through evidence-based medicine (EBM).
Evidence-based practice (a) Must be supported by at least: * two methodologically sound group comparison studies with random assignment to groups, positive effects, and at least 60 total participants across studies; * four methodologically sound group comparison studies with nonrandom assignment to groups, positive effects, and at least 120 total participants across studies; or * five methodologically sound single-subject studies with positive effects and at least 20 total participants across studies; OR (b) Meet at least 50% of criteria for two or more of the study designs described in (a).
They offer a new definition for evidence-based practice that involves support for implementation, a review by clinical nurse specialists to confirm readiness, and replication of studies, and detail the processes to link middle range theories derived from research studies to the new perspective on evidence-based practice.
EVIDENCE-based practice (EBP) is the conscientious use of current best evidence from relevant, valid research to guide practice decisions in the delivery of healthcare (Fineout-Overholt, Melnyk & Schultz, 2005; Joanna Briggs Institute, 2012).

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