This is the first episode of the evidence-based practice information resources video tutorial series. The basic steps for finding clinical information, especially how to construct a focused, answerable clinical question, are reviewed.
Your choice of clinical information resource is closely related to the nature of the clinical question you ask. This tutorial covers various types of clinical questions and how they are associated with different types of research studies.
Clinical information resources are usually classified by the extent to which they are critically appraised. We often use a pyramid diagram to distinguish two different tiers of resources. This tutorial explains the differences of the two tiers and shows how various Yale clinical resources fit into the pyramid model.
This tutorial demonstrates the basics of searching and browsing the Cochrane Library for systematic reviews.
This tutorial demonstrates the basics of using Clinical Evidence, an EBP resource created by the BMJ.
This tutorial demonstrates the basics of using ACP's PIER, Physician's Information and Education Resource from the American College of Physicians.
This tutorial demonstrates the basics in finding "critically appraised individual articles" using resources such as the ACP Journal Club and the "Evidence-based..." series of journals.
Although most articles indexed in MEDLINE are original research studies, it DOES index some critically appraised content, such as the Cochrane reviews, ACP Journal Club articles, etc. This tutorial will first demonstrate how to quickly find the critically appraised content using PubMed. When you do have to search in MEDLINE for original research studies, filters are available to help you find the best types of studies for your clinical question. This tutorial also demonstrates how to use the various clinical query filters both in PubMed and in Ovid SP MEDLINE.
This tutorial demonstrates the basic features of the TRIP Database, a meta-search engine for clinical information at both the top and bottom tiers of the pyramid of resources.
The primary goal of this series of tutorials is "find it fast". This episode concludes this series and is a recap of the key messages in these tutorials.
This page details the various ways of finding evidence-based literature in PubMed.
Searching the biomedical literature can be confusing. Fortunately for you, there’s PICO. Popular in the evidence-based practice community, PICO helps to break a research inquiry down into its important concepts. From there, you can formulate the well-built, focused and answerable question that is the key to developing precise and successful literature search strategies.