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Rehabilitation Service Line Resources: UNC Hospitals: Evidence-Based Practice

This guide focuses on a general set of library resources and services to meet the needs of Rehabilitation Line professionals at UNC Hospitals and points to discipline specific resources in addition.

Created by Health Science Librarians

EBP Definition

EBP integrates:

  • the best available research evidence;
  • the clinician's expertise;
  • and the patient's values & preferences.

Five Steps of Evidence-Based Practice:

1. Assess - A question arises during care of a patient

2. Ask - Completely articulate all parts of the question

3. Acquire - Conduct a thorough focused search and select the highest quality evidence

4. Appraise - Evaluate the evidence for validity and clinical applicability

5. Apply - Use clinical expertise to integrate applicable evidence with attention to patient values

Evidence Based Practice: Multidisciplinary Resources

EBP Databases and Content Collections:

The resources below will generally provide higher levels of evidence because experts have collected, analyzed, and reported on the evidence for you.  This is called filtered information.

Higher types of evidence include Systematic Reviews, Meta-Analyses, Guidelines, Critically Appraised Topics and more.

You can also search for specific Publication Types or Article Types like Systematic Review, Meta-Analysis, Guideline, or Randomized Controlled Trial in Health Sciences Databases such as CINAHL, PubMed, or Embase.

Discipline-Specific EBP Resources

Music Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Recreational Therapy
Speech-Language Pathology

EBP Tutorials and Tools

Critical Appraisal Tools


See, also, JAMA Evidence Education Guides in EBP Tutorials and Tools, above.