After you have developed your question, you will want to go out and find what evidence there may be that can help answer your question. There are two big parts of this process:
Both of these steps are important pieces of the Acquire Evidence portion of EBP. To begin, you can't find evidence if you are not looking in the right resources. And once you have selected your resource, you need to develop a strong search strategy to help you sift through and focus in on the most relevant and useful information for your question.
Synthesized literature aims to collect the evidence from multiple primary studies and synthesize the results in order to make recommendations for practice. When well done, these types of articles are often considered to be a high level of evidence. The following are common types of synthesized literature:
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The following resources are a good place to start when looking for synthesized literature:
If you cannot locate any high-level syntheses of evidence, you can try searching the primary literature for research articles. Remember to consider what type of study is being presented and its methods when selecting primary literature. See Appraise the Evidence for more information about different study types. The following are some common study designs that you may see in the primary literature:
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The following resources are a good place to start when looking for primary literature; however, you always want to consider your subject as well. If you are researching an inter-disciplinary topic (e.g. psychological effects of a disease, effective patient education methods), you may want to consider looking in another subject-specific database as well.