Evidence-Based Practice

These tools will help you to develop the skills to understand and apply evidence-based practice.

For information sources supplying reviews please see the Literature Searching Sites page.

BMJ Qualitative Research Topic - a collection of articles published in the BMJ focusing on the qualitative research methodologies and critical appraisal of the papers. Includes a glossary of terms.

CASP - the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) provided by the NHS Public Health Resource Unit, is a key tool for evaluating research. It's resource section pinpoints questions to consider when appraising different types research articles.

CATMaker - CATs are Critically Appraised Topics. This handy downloadable tool provides the means to develop CATs. It prompts the development of your clinical question, and assesses the clinical value of a paper.

CEBM - Centre for Evidence Based Medicine. Major resource for tools, aids and documentation for evidence based teaching and practice.

CHAIN - Contact Help Advice Information Network for Effective Health Care. Contact database for health care professionals interested in clinical effectiveness and evidence based health care. Aimed at health care professionals, teachers, managers, librarians, specialists, researchers and other professionals.

EMCDDA best practice portal - EU drugs agency portal to a range of resources covering drug related prevention, treatment, harm reduction and social re-integration. Split into four sections looking at intervention efficacy, tools for evaluating practice, standards and guidelines and examples of evaluated practices.

Evidence-based practice checklists - downloadable checklists, developed by Glasgow University, General Practice and Primary Care Department. These are designed to help you ask the appropriate questions when examining different research methodologies.

Evidence based practice for Public Health - this website is a result of a project run by the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, which assessed the models of evidence based practice when applied to Public Health.

PRISMA Statement - Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) Group guidance on reporting a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Webliography of resources for Evidence-based Health Care - from the Cochrane Library; includes sections on books, articles, websites, databases, journals, news reviews, patient resources, tutorials and social media resources (eg blogs, RSS feeds etc)