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What is Evidence-based Literature?
- Evidence-based literature often has the "good housekeeping seal"
- Systematic reviews, meta-analysis, randomized controlled trials (RCTs), guidelines, etc. are considered evidence-based. These documents are often available in databases where the information has been already filtered (e.g. Cochrane Library)
- Helpful in locating the best interventions, programs, etc.
- Evidence-based practice is "a problem-solving approach to clinical practice that integrates appraisal of the most relevant scientific evidence to answer a clinical question, one’s own clinical experience, and client preferences and values."
Searching the Evidence-Based Literature
To locate evidence-based literature on your topic, consider
1) adding these terms to your topic:
("systematic review" OR meta-analysis")
2) Limit your search to systematic reviews, meta-analysis, etc. Limiting options will vary by database.
Levels of Evidence in the Literature
Pyramid of Evidence-Based Practice used in classifying levels of literature. Highest levels help in identifying the most effective interventions/treatment when answering research questions.