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Occupational Therapy - Dallas

Occupational therapy research guide for TWU Dallas students, faculty and staff.

Intro to search skills

As TWU students in the field of health science, your work will need to be based upon solid research:

image of a student drowning in articles and books.

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is an approach to medical practice intended to optimize decision making by emphasizing the use of evidence from well-designed and well-conducted research.

As future professions, you will be required to continue your professional development:

“One of the responsibilities of any professional is to maintain expertise, and this responsibility is probably nowhere more critical, or more difficult, than in the profession of medicine"

(Laine & Weinberg, 1999)

“In 1980, the biomedical literature was estimated to be expanding at a compound rate of 6% - 7% per annum, doubling every 10 to 12 years. based on an estimated rate of 200,000 biomedical publications per annum in 1979, it was determined that if clinicians read two articles per day every day for a year, by the end of the year they would be 55 centuries behind”

(Cook et al., 1996)

Therefore, as you will be stuck looking for articles anyway--learning how to search effectively now--will save you a lot of work later.