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Searching using PICO searches in databases

Some databases allow for a search that uses the PICO framework directly. Here are some examples to help you search for relevant secondary and primary sources for your clinical question:

Joanna Briggs Institute

The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is an international non-for-profit institute based in the School of Translational Science, within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. The general website provides information on evidence-based practice, syntheses using systematic reviews, resources for appraising methodological quality and also has a focus on implementing evidence-based practice.

It has a wealth of resources that are certainly worth a look. A few special mentions include:

    Searching using the MeSH vocabulary in PubMED and Medline

    Once you know the searching basics, these resources from PubMED may help you articles more efficiently by using the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) - a standard keyword vocabulary used in Medicine and related fields. According to PubMED, these resources may be of particular interest to searchers of MEDLINE®/PubMed®, and is used in the PubMed search classes offered by NLM and the National Training Center and Clearinghouse.

    How to use your PICO question to search effectively

    PICO questions help you capture all the important aspects of a question. But more than that, they help you find relevant articles to answer your question, faster! This resource provides a worksheet of how to make a PICO question and directly translate that into search terms. A worked example and tips are also provided to set you on our way to providing evidence-based advice. It is in word format so you can type into the sheet to save time.

    EBP Interest Group Introductory meeting October 2013

    Here is a pdf copy of the slides and notes used for the first EBP Interest Group meeting conducted in October 2013 at the University of New South Wales. If you are interested in a copy of the PowerPoint slides or want to participate in the group, please contact us at eboptometry@unsw.edu.au.

    Students 4 Best Evidence website

    This is an excellent student developed Evidence Based Healthcare (EBH) site!! http://www.students4bestevidence.net/ It is supported by the UK Cochrane Centre. Look here for general EBP information, discussion on EBP topics and lots of useful links to other EBP resources. The site also provides information and resources for each of the 5 EBP Process steps: http://www.students4bestevidence.net/categories/.

    Answering Clinical Questions

    A one page resource with an overview of a) free places to search for the evidence, b) the steps involved in searching efficiently using secondary and primary resources and c) the PICO format for asking a clinical question. A great quick reference tool to print and keep for quick access to help you ask and acquire literature.

    Viva La Evidence

    This YouTube song is a parody of Coldplay's Viva La Vida. It is a song all about evidence based healthcare -- a little bit about the history of evidence and then the key principles. It is licenced for educational use. EBP Optometry team members recommend it as a good breather from your EBP work, that can be used by individuals or by teachers.

    Journal links for eye care and vision

    This resource is an alphabetical list of selected, peer-reviewed journals that may publish articles that are relevant to your practice. Those that are open-access (available without a subscription) are identified.

    Research databases to search for studies in eye health

    This resource provides descriptions and links to the relevant databases for optometrists, ophthalmologists and other eye care professionals.


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