Evidence-Based Practice

Following are some useful links on evidence-based practice:

Evidence-Based Medicine: What it is and what it isn’t

Evidence-based medicine is the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence-based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research. — Dr. David Sackett

Learning about Evidence-Based Practice

Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine – a self-paced tutorial from Duke University

Evidence-Based Medicine Tutorial – a self-paced tutorial from Oklahoma State University

Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice, 2nd Edition – originally published as a series in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)

How to Read a Paper – by Trisha Greenhalgh, a series from the British Medical Journal

Definitions of important terms from the StATS (STeve’s Attempt to Teach Statistics) pages, by Steve Simon, PhD, a Research Biostatistician

Resources

PubMed – biomedical journal literature search engine from the National Library of Medicine

PubMed Tutorial – an excellent tutorial that will maximize your search efforts

The Cochrane Collaboration – an international not-for-profit organisation, providing up-to-date information about the effects of health care

The Joanna Briggs Institute – brings together a range of practice-oriented research activities to improve the effectiveness of nursing practice and health care outcomes.

Websites

Canadian Centre for Health Evidence

Centre for Evidence-based Medicine (Oxford University)

Evidence-Based Medicine (Duke University)

Health Information Research Unit (McMaster University)

Netting the Evidence: A ScHARR Introduction to Evidence Based Practice on the Internet

Centre for Evidence Based Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW, Australia)

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