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How to practice EBM:Finding the EvidenceOwen Coxall, Tatjana Petrinic & Nia Wyn RobertsBodleian Health Care Libraries
Session objectives Formulate a focused question Turn a focused question into a  search Search TRIP & PubMed
Formulate a focusedquestionPatient / Problem / PopulationInterventionComparisonOutcome
Focused questionP: Pregnant smokersI: nicotine replacementC: N/AO: cessationIs nicotine replacement therapy aneffective an...
Quick search   TRIP    www.tripdatabase.com   PubMed Clinical Queries    www.pubmed.gov
Hands-on   Formulate a focused question    ◦ Use your own question or one of the      examples in your pack    ◦ Record t...
Run a full search strategyWhy bother? Too few results Too many results Irrelevant results Submitting a funding proposa...
Combine terms withORSmoking OR tobacco – either term can bepresent      smoking                      tobacco
Combine terms withANDSmoking AND cessation – both terms mustbe present      smoking         cessation
Quick tips   Take a common word stem and look    for spelling variations e.g.    ◦ smok* - will retrieve papers smoking, ...
Develop a search strategy1.   pregnan*2.   smoking or smoker*3.   nicotine replacement OR     nicotine patch*4.   cessatio...
Perform a search on PubMed
Searching tips: PubMedSubject searching - use MeSH  ◦ Subject headings added to articles    on Medline  ◦ Search the MeSH ...
Hands-on   Take your focused question:    ◦ Run further searches on PubMed      http://www.pubmed.gov
Help   Finding the Evidence tutorials:    ◦ EBM web-site – EBM tools – Finding the Evidence      http://www.cebm.net   P...
Searching session - CEBM Oxford - Spring 2012
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Searching session - CEBM Oxford - Spring 2012

  1. 1. How to practice EBM:Finding the EvidenceOwen Coxall, Tatjana Petrinic & Nia Wyn RobertsBodleian Health Care Libraries
  2. 2. Session objectives Formulate a focused question Turn a focused question into a search Search TRIP & PubMed
  3. 3. Formulate a focusedquestionPatient / Problem / PopulationInterventionComparisonOutcome
  4. 4. Focused questionP: Pregnant smokersI: nicotine replacementC: N/AO: cessationIs nicotine replacement therapy aneffective and safe smokingcessation treatment in pregnantwomen?
  5. 5. Quick search TRIP www.tripdatabase.com PubMed Clinical Queries www.pubmed.gov
  6. 6. Hands-on Formulate a focused question ◦ Use your own question or one of the examples in your pack ◦ Record the search terms you’re using Run a quick search on TRIP www.tripdatabase.com Run a quick search on PubMed Clinical Queries www.pubmed.gov
  7. 7. Run a full search strategyWhy bother? Too few results Too many results Irrelevant results Submitting a funding proposal Writing a guideline Conducting a systematic review
  8. 8. Combine terms withORSmoking OR tobacco – either term can bepresent smoking tobacco
  9. 9. Combine terms withANDSmoking AND cessation – both terms mustbe present smoking cessation
  10. 10. Quick tips Take a common word stem and look for spelling variations e.g. ◦ smok* - will retrieve papers smoking, smoker, smokers… but also smoked salmon Phrase searching ◦ Use double quote marks if you want words to appear next to each other e.g. “smoking cessation”
  11. 11. Develop a search strategy1. pregnan*2. smoking or smoker*3. nicotine replacement OR nicotine patch*4. cessation OR stop* OR quit*5. 1 AND 2 AND 3 AND 4
  12. 12. Perform a search on PubMed
  13. 13. Searching tips: PubMedSubject searching - use MeSH ◦ Subject headings added to articles on Medline ◦ Search the MeSH Database Finding similar articles – use the ‘Related articles’ link
  14. 14. Hands-on Take your focused question: ◦ Run further searches on PubMed http://www.pubmed.gov
  15. 15. Help Finding the Evidence tutorials: ◦ EBM web-site – EBM tools – Finding the Evidence http://www.cebm.net PubMed ◦ Short online tutorials ◦ Quick guides to PubMed – basics, MeSH search and MyNCBI http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/pubmed.html

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