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Research Guides

Evidence Based Medicine

This page provides information on locating and evaluating literature used to support evidence based practice.

Importance of Appraisal

In a best case scenario, you will be able to find a high quality pre-appraised information source to answer your question.

However, those are not available for all topics. Furthermore, you may also find it useful to appraise pre-appraised information. You should always question the quality of the material you find. Remember, a poorly done systematic review is not better than a well done randomized controlled trial.  On this page, you will find some resources to help you with appraising the material you find.

Critical Appraisal Resources

JAMA Users' Guides – Original Articles

Background

Primary Studies

Integrative Studies

Additional Users’ Guides Published After the Original Series