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Nursing: Evidence-based Medicine

Systematic Reviews

A systematic review is a high-level overview of primary research on a particular research question that tries to identify, select, synthesize and appraise all high quality research evidence relevant to that question in order to answer it. (Cochrane Community, 2014).

Locating Systematic Reviews:

Practice Guidelines

Clinical practice guidelines are statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options. (NGC, 2014).


Locating Practice Guidelines:

  • ECRI Institute Guideslines Trust - Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (sign up for a free account)
  • PubMed - After you run your search, use the "article type" limit and select "practice guidelines."
  • MEDLINE - Limit by publication type to "practice guidelines"

Point-of-Care Databases

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