Finding the Evidence for Practice

A Workbook for Health Professionals


  • Alison Brettle, Research Fellow, Health Care Practice Research and Development Unit, University of Salford, UK

Practical and easy-to-use, this text effectively introduces different sources of information and how to use them. Its unique format is meant to increase the user's awareness of available health-related references and to help the user understand techniques involved in undertaking a literature search. Such knowledge aids in demystifying the jargon associated with computer-based research and helps readers carry out searches efficiently and effectively.
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Book information

  • Published: December 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-07450-9

Table of Contents


Section 1: Sources of Information

1. Where Do I Go for Information
2. Evidence-Based Sources of Information
3. The Internet

Section 2: Undertaking a Literature Search
4. Approaching the Search
5. Stages of a Search
6. Conclusions and Final Tips

Section 3: Practical Exercises
7. Practical Exercises
8. Medline, Ovid Interface
9. Medline, Silver Platter Interface
10. Searching the Internet for Health Care Information
11. Searching the National Electronic Library for Health (NeLH)
12. CINAHL: Ovid interface
13. CINAHL: Silver Platter interface

1. Evaluation Tools
2. Optimal Search Strategies
3. Critical Appraisal of Web Sites