Finding the best evidence. Owen Coxall Bodleian Health Care Libraries. Session objectives. Formulate a focused question Turn a focused question into a search Search TRIP & PubMed Run an Advanced search on PubMed Cochrane Library. Formulate a focussed question.
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Patient / Problem / Population
Tom, a smoker of 20 years goes to his GP to ask for help with stopping smoking. He’s tried various methods in the past but nothing has worked so far, so asks the GP whether acupuncture might be a good option.
O= Stopping smoking
Is acupuncture an effective way of stopping smoking?
PubMed Clinical Querieswww.pubmed.gov
Formulate a focussed question
Run a quick search on TRIPwww.tripdatabase.com
Run a quick search on PubMed Clinical Queries www.pubmed.gov
Too few results
Too many results
Submitting a funding proposal
Writing a guideline
Conducting a systematic review
Take your PICO and think about:
Smoking OR tobacco – either term can be present
Smoking AND acupuncture – both terms must be present
Take a common word stem and look for spelling variations e.g.
Using OR then ANDto broaden then focus the search
Subject searching - use MeSH
Finding similar articles – use the ‘Related articles’ link
International Cochrane Collaboration
effects of interventions
Full-text Systematic Reviews
Abstracts to further SRs and RCTs
Other sources – CEBM web-site – EBM toolswww.cebm.net
Finding the Evidence tutorials: