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Evidence-Based Practice


Cochrane Handbook of
Systematic Reviews of Interventions

Version 5.0.2
September 2009

Part 2:  General Methods for Cochrane Reviews

Chapter 5: Defining the review question and developing criteria for including studies
Chapter 6: Searching for studies
Chapter 7: Selecting studies and collecting data
Chapter 8: Assessing risk of bias in included studies
Chapter 9: Analysing data and undertaking meta-analyses
Chapter 10: Addressing reporting biases
Chapter 11: Presenting results and ‘Summary of findings’ tables
Chapter 12: Interpreting results and drawing conclusions

Search Filters

The following webpages provide a detailed look into advanced search strategies in evidence-based literature searching.

  Recommended Book

How To Read a Paper:
The Basics of Evidence-Based Practice Medicine
3rd edition
Trisha Greenhalgh
Call Number: R118.6 .G74 2006

Bestselling text on evidence-based medicine, used by health care professionals and medical students worldwide. Trisha Greenhalgh 's ability to explain the basics of evidence-based medicine in an accessible and readable way means the book is an ideal introduction for all, from first year students to experienced practitioners.This is a text that explains the meaning of critical appraisal and terms such as 'numbers needed to treat', 'how to search the literature', 'evaluate the different types of papers' and 'put the conclusions to clinical use'.This third edition places more emphasis on patient perspectives, contains increased coverage of qualitative research in evidence-based medicine and also includes new information on literature sources and search mechanisms.

Older edition available electronically.