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2) Find -- How to Find the Best Evidence

Steps in a Good Search

  1. Construct the question (see previous section).
  2. Select the best resource (see Resources for some places to start).
  3. 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 QuestionClinical ScenarioSearch 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

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Physical Therapy Resources

Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice (Joint Duke-UNC effort)

EBP Resources for Physical Therapy (Duke Medical Center Library)

  • Access Databases from UNC guide not Duke guide.  Other resources on Duke guide will work for UNC users. 

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