SLRs in evidence-based practice

Evidence-based practice in health care is the policy to use scientific information in treatment, intervention, support, and advice.

It is important in areas such as medicine, nursing, and dentistry.

Systematic reviews provide the highest level of research evidence. Their conclusions are based on a critical and objective analysis of all the available literature. These conclusions are then used to decide best treatment practices.


Three principles of evidence-based practice

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HCPs and systematic reviews

Health care providers (HCPs) can formally or informally form teams of interested colleagues to perform systematic reviews.

Many clinical questions have corresponding systematic reviews in the peer-reviewed online literature. The information may not be up-to-date; providers may need to conduct their own secondary research of new primary research studies. 

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Databases of systematic reviews for evidence-based practice


• The Cochrane Library (https://www.cochranelibrary.com/)
• JBI Evidence-based Practice Database (https://joannabriggs.org/ebp#database)
• Campbell Collaboration (https://www.campbellcollaboration.org/library.html)
• Turning Research into Practice (https://www.tripdatabase.com/).

Some peer-reviewed journals are dedicated to evidence-based practice:
• BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, https://ebm.bmj.com/

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