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Evidence Based Practice: Health Sciences

Specialised databases

These specialised databases collect evidence of interest to specific health science disciplines. Studies are often rated for methodological quality to assist you to evaluate their validity and interpretability. See Finding Evidence for a full list of sources of evidence.

Need help with systematic searching?

A systematic search seeks to locate all the evidence on a research question, using systematic methods. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Plan your search carefully
  • Use a combination of index terms (e.g. MeSH) and text words
  • Search a range of sources (e.g. databases, reference lists, contact with experts)
  • Don't forget unpublished literature (e.g. theses, conference presentations, government reports)
  • Document your search as you go - your methods should be transparent and reproducible
  • Think carefully before applying limits to your search (e.g. publication date) - it may lead you to miss relevant literature
  • Your Academic Liaison Librarian is here to help!

Further guidance can be found on the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination website, and in Chapter 6 of the Cochrane Handbook.

EBP in the Health Sciences

Evidence Based Practice (EBP) describes the practice of making decisions about patients and treatments based upon up to date and reliable evidence. For healthcare practitioners, this consists of "producing evidence; making evidence available; [and] using evidence" (Gray 2001, p14).

Here are a selection of books on EBP in the Health Sciences Library - or search the catalogue for a full list.

What is a systematic review?