Evidence-based Practice Databases
These databases can be easily limited to find evidence-based practice literature.
Literature Review - How-to Books
Literature Review - Websites and Articles
Evidence Based Practice Patient Care
|CINAHL Basic Search: (Time: 4:28)|
|CINAHL Advanced Search: (Time: 5:03)|
|PubMed: links to the PubMed online training website where you can find a multitude of short tutorials|
|The Cochrane Library: Introduction - Tutorial is free but it requires registration to view.|
|The Cochrane Library: Advanced and MESH searching - Tutorial is free but requires registration to view.|
EBP Filters in PubMed
The following Article Types will allow you to limit to evidence based practice:
|Clinical Study||Evaluation Study||Systematic Reviews|
|Comparative Study||Meta-Analysis||Validation Study|
Evaluation Study = studies determining the effectiveness or utility of processes, personnel, and equipment
Validation Study = research using processes by which the reliability and relevance of a procedure for a specific purpose are established
By selecting Clinical Study you will also automatically include the following (so you don't have to choose them separately):
|Clinical Trial||Randomized Clinical Trial|
|Controlled Clinical Trial||Observational Study|
Remember, Systematic Reviews (Article Type) will also include Literature Reviews in the results. They are NOT the same. Literature Reviews are NOT EBP. You will need to evaluate the article to determine the type of Review.
Practice Guidelines: most are EBP, but some are still opinion-based. You will need to review the guideline to ensure it is EBP.
Qualitative Research in PubMed:
- Use the following search terms to capture the various types of qualitative studies: Qualitative Research, Grounded Theory, focus groups, phenomenology, ethnography, nursing methodology research, narration, interviews as topic, "thematic analysis"
Resources for Appraising/ Critiquing a Research Study
Framework for How to Read and Critique a Research Study (from the ANA).
Woods, A. D., Fineout-Overholt, E., & Kennedy, S. (2012). Demystifying Research: Simplifying Critical Appraisal. Ovid Insights.
Critical Appraisal Worksheets. Select the worksheet that corresponds to the type of study being appraised (from Duke University).
Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP). Set of 8 critical appraisal tools: Systematic Reviews, RCT's, Cohort Studies, Case Control Studies, Economic Evaluations, Diagnostic Studies, Qualitative studies and Clinical Prediction Rule.
Evidence-based Practice Websites
Books for Research
Many professional organizations have clinical practice guidelines linked from their websites.