Incorporating evidence into clinical practice involves 5 steps:
Use PICO to develop a clinically relevant, answerable question:
P = Population/Problem
I = Intervention
C = Comparator/Control
O = Outcome
Now that you've created your clinical question, you should begin tracking down the best evidence. Using your PICO terms as the keywords in your search will help bring results specific to your topic. Be sure to keep the following in mind:
- Be aware of the type of study or design of the study that you're looking at.
-Be aware of the levels of evidence available.
-Don't forget to cite your sources/create a bibliography as you go.
Suggested Databases below :
PubMed @ Touro - The National Library of Medicine database of indexed citations and abstracts to medical, nursing, dental, veterinary, health care, and preclinical sciences journal articles.
- Is it close enough to your PICO?
- What kind of article is it?
- What kind of research by who and was it done well?
- Cite your research
Resources for your appraisal:
Critical Appraisal of a Journal Article - Examples of different types of articles.
Clinical bottom line is the recommendations based on the literature!
The summary of the best evidence gives you a clinical bottom line.
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