Finding the Evidence for Practice - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780443074509, 9780702036644

Finding the Evidence for Practice

1st Edition

A Workbook for Health Professionals

Authors: Alison Brettle
eBook ISBN: 9780702036644
Paperback ISBN: 9780443074509
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 17th December 2003
Page Count: 192

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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.

Key Features

  • The material in this text, including exercises, tips, and questions, is practical, helping the user with issues they actually need help with.
  • Generous number of illustrations helps to shed light on the more difficult topics.
  • Content meets an important need in an efficient way, so that practitioners do not have to spend a lot of time reading about it.
  • Information provided directly relates the health care practice.
  • Authors are active researchers, so they are well aware of the common problems and commonly asked questions.

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



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About the Author

Alison Brettle

Affiliations and Expertise

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