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Nursing and Midwifery: Additional resources

Resources for students and staff

Finding evidence for evidence based practice

Selected databases for locating systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, case studies and other evidence.

Use these resources to locate evidence to support your clinical decision-making:

Web resources

Evaluating the evidence - trust v. skepticism

Evaluating the evidence for quality is a critical component of evidence based practice. Consider where the evidence sits in the evidence hierarchy. Where possible, use the highest evidence possible, such as Cochrane Systematic Reviews. If there is no available evidence at the top levels, you may need to drop lower in the hierarchy. Be critical.

Consider:

  • Credibility - author qualifications, reputability (peer-review), use of references
  • Currency - currency of the evidence
  • Reliability - objective, unbiased (research question, study design, funding, publishing), transparency of methodologies

Turn your topic or question into a search strategy

Using the 'PICO' method discussed on the EBP page, this documentation tool will talk you through isolating the concepts in your topic or question to create a systematic strategy to search for evidence.

Applying the evidence

The final stage in Evidence Based Practice is to apply the evidence to your practice. This means that you need to evaluate the evidence, once you have found it, and use it to support the clinical decisions that you make. Do this in conjunction with your own clinical experience and your patient's values and expectations.

Selected resources: