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EBM Tutorial: Finding the best available clinical evidence

Definition of EBM : Health Information Resources Unit, McMaster University
"Evidence Based Medicine is an approach to health care that promotes the collection, interpretation, and integration of valid, important and applicable patient-reported, clinician observed, and research-derived evidence. The best available evidence, moderated by patient circumstances and preferences, is applied to improve the quality of clinical judgements."

Searching Medical Literature for the Best Clinical Evidence


This tutorial aims to clarify the process of searching for reliable medical evidence. The process involves 4 stages.

  1. Clinical queries
        Analyse information needs and develop answerable questions.
  2. Clinical information sources
        Select the most appropriate evidence and data source.
  3. Search strategy
        Formulate an effective strategy.
  4. Database search
        Practical session.

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