While there are many sources of evidence that need to be integrated for clinical decision making, evidence from research is a useful resource. Evidence from research provides current information that may be less biased in some regards to information from other sources.
Clinicians can locate research evidence that is the most appropriate for answering particular clinical questions. This may be either quantitative or qualitative research depending on the type of question being asked. For example, systematic reviews or randomized control trials may inform questions about treatment effectiveness. Questions about the concerns or feelings of clients, however, would best be informed by qualitative research.
Searching for evidence can be an overwhelming task, especially since the internet is a gateway to more information than you could possibly need. However, by taking a methodical approach to your search, you will not only save time but you will also be more likely to find the information you are looking for.
Listed below are articles that discuss searching for evidence:
Grandage KK, Slawson DC, Shaughnessy AF. (2002). When less is more: a practical approach to searching for evidence-based answers. J Med Libr Assoc, 90(3), 298-304.
Glanville, J., Haines, M., & Auston, I.(1998). Finding information on clinical effectiveness BMJ, 317, 200-203.
Haynes, B., Glasziou, P., & Straus, S.(2000). Advances in evidence-based information resources for clinical practice. Evidence Based Medicine, 5, 4-6.
Jerosch-Herold, C. (1998). Evidence based practice - how to do a literature search. The British Journal of Hand Therapy, 3(1), 21-23.
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