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Evidence-Based Clinical Practice  

A resource guide for McMaster's Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Workshop
Last Updated: Jun 15, 2015 URL: http://hsl.mcmaster.libguides.com/ebcp Print Guide RSS Updates

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SIMPLE website - Roadmap for EBCP participants

 

Participant Access

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The small lock icon LibAccess lock icon indicates the resource requires an individual or institutional subscription. Clicking on these links from off campus prompts workshop participants to login to LibAccess using their temporary guest account found on the back of their name badge.

Federated Search Engines

  • ACCESSSS Federated Search
    ACCESSSS Federated Search is designed to find the best evidence-based answer to your clinical questions by simultaneously searching the leading evidence-driven medical publications and high quality clinical literature. It is the same as MacPLUS Federated Search (below)
  • MacPLUS
    MacPLUS Federated Search is designed to find the best evidence-based answer to your clinical questions by simultaneously searching the leading evidence-driven medical publications and high quality clinical literature.
  • TRIP Database
    Turning Research into Practice
  • Epistemonikos
    Meta-searching in 9 languages.
  • SUM Search  Icon
 

Library Catalogue

 

Success Through 6 'S'

6 S Pyramid

An understanding of the 6 'S' Hierarchy of Evidence is the foundation for efficient and effective retrieval of evidence-based research relating to clinical practice.

The resources on this page will help you find evidence for the speicifc level of the hierarchy you are interested in.

For more search tips, check out the Health Sceinces Library's Database Fundamentals Tutorial.

[Adapted from DiCenso, Bayley and Haynes (2009). ACP Journal Club. Editorial: Accessing pre-appraised evidence: Fine-tuning the 5S model into a 6S model. Annals of Internal Medicine, 151(6):JC3-2, JC3-3.]  

 

Systems

Integrating information from the lower levels of the hiearchy with individual patient records, systems represent the ideal source of evidence for clinical decision-making. 

Summaries

Summaries are regularly updated clinical guidelines or textbooks that integrate evidence-based information about specific clinical problems.

Synopsis of Syntheses

Synopses of syntheses, summarize and critically appraise the information found in systematic reviews.  By drawing conclusions from evidence at lower levels of the pyramid, these synopses often provide sufficient information to support clinical action.

Syntheses

Commonly referred to as a systematic review, a synthesis is a comprehensive summary of all the evidence surrounding a specific research question.  

  • Systematic Reviews
  • Cochrane Library  Icon
    The Cochrane Library includes evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, methodology reviews, clinical trials, and more. Cochrane reviews bring you the combined results of medical research studies. Focus is on evidence-based health care.
  • EvidenceUPDATES  
      
    British Medical Journal (BMJ) Group
  • Additional reviews can be found in PubMed/Mediline, EMBASE, and CINAHL

Synopsis of Single Studies

Synopses of single studies summarize evidence from high-quality studies, including some level of critical appraisal.

Studies

Studies represent unique research conducted to answer specific clincial questions.

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