Finding the Best Evidence. Owen Coxall University of Oxford Bodleian Health Care Libraries. Session objectives. Formulate a focused question Turn a focused question into a search strategy Search TRIP & PubMed. Formulate a focussed question. P atient / P roblem / P opulation
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Patient / Problem / Population
Gerry, has had a bad throat for a few days and it’s making him feel miserable. He goes to his friendly GP wanting some antibiotics. However, his doctor isn’t sure whether there’s any benefit in prescribing them.
What’s the evidence?
P: sore throat
C: no antibiotics
O: symptom relief
Are antibiotics effective in relieving symptoms of sore throat?
Using OR then ANDto broaden then focus the search
Pharyngitis OR sore throat – either term can be present
Antibiotics AND sore throat – both terms must be present
Subject searching - use MeSH