2) Find -- How to Find the Best Evidence
Steps in a Good Search
- Construct the question (see previous section).
- Select the best resource (see Resources for some places to start).
- Formulate the search strategy.
Think about the keywords for each part of the clinical question:
For the question: Is prophylactic physical therapy for patients undergoing upper abdominal surgery effective in preventing post-operative pulmonary complications?
A search strategy might include:
|Parts of the Question||Clinical Scenario||Search Strategy (keywords)|
|Patient Population||patients undergoing upper abdominal surgery||upper abdominal surgery|
|Intervention||prophylactic physical therapy||prophylactic physical therapy|
|Comparison (if any)||Selective prophylactic physical therapy||none|
|Outcome||post-operative pulmonary complications||pulmonary complications|
|Type of Study||RCT||randomized controlled trial|