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Evidence Based Practice is the integration of clinical expertise, patient values and the best evidence into the decision making process for patient care.
Sackett, D.L., et al. (2000). Evidence-based medicine: How to practice and teach EBM (2nd ed.). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
For more information, see this online tutorial from Duke University on the basics of EBM.
Determining if study results are valid means you need to know how to 'critically appraise' it.
Critical appraisal is the systematic evaluation of clinical research papers in order to establish:
The Centre for Evidence Based Medicine has some useful tools to help you with critical appraisal skills
This image graphically represents the hierarchy of evidence provided by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Graphic courtesy of: https://guides.library.unisa.edu.au/SystematicReviews/Protocols
For NHMRC designation of levels of evidence go to: A guide to the development, implementation and evaluation of clinical practice guidelines
This is just a selection of the thousands of ebooks available
Trip is a tool for you to find high-quality clinical research evidence.
Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM)
Provides free support and resources to doctors, clinicians, teachers and others interested in learning more about EBM.
Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
DARE includes systematic reviews that evaluate the effects of health and social care interventions and the delivery and organisation of health and social care services. (1994-2015 - continued by NHS Signals)
NIHR (NHS) Signals
NIHR Signals are timely summaries of the most important research that aim to cut through the noise and provide decision makers with the evidence they can use.
Critical appraisal tool downloads to assist in assessing the trustworthiness, relevance and results of published papers.
Eight critical appraisal tools to assess the trustworthiness, relevance and results of Systematic Reviews, Randomised Controlled Trials, Cohort Studies, Case Control Studies, Economic Evaluations, Diagnostic Studies, Qualitative Studies and Clinical Prediction Rule.
Critical Appraisal worksheets for Systematic Reviews, Diagnostics, Prognosis, Randomised Controlled Trials, Qualitative Studies and IPD (Individual patient data).
This international network seeks to improve the reliability and value of published health literature. Includes guidelines such as Randomised trials, observational studies case reports and more.