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Nursing & Health Studies


Welcome to Richter Library's Resource Guide
for Nursing and Health Studies!

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This guide is a great tool for finding information for research, collecting articles for classes, and broadening your knowledge of Nursing and Health Studies. Each tab contains current and relevent resources for assisting you in collecting the best information for your project, interest, or research. 

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Clinical Care Databases
Research Databases
Visual & Physical Exam Databases
Drug Information
Open Access
BioMed Central
BMC is an independent open access publisher that provides 300 peer review journals about biology, medicine, simulation medicine, technology, genome science, and public health. 

EthicShare is for scholars in the field of ethics. Features everything from scholarly articles to blogs.

Produced by the National Library of Medicine for patients, providing reliable, up-to-date health information information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in non-technical language. Freely available.

Free from WebMD targeted at nurses. POC information for drugs, diseases, procedures. Medscape Mobile available for iPhone/Pad, BlackBerry, Android. See Medscape homepage for instructions

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Helpful Links
Browse through our A-Z Database List

Look at Richter Library's research tutorial How-To-Videos
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Other Resources

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Directions to the Stacks
1) Go to the 2nd floor of Richter Library

2) If you're coming from the elevators go to your right. If you're coming from the stairs go straight toward the elevators across and take a left.

3) Look for the sign that says "Stacks Elevators" down the hall.
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Images: Selected Resources

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Saily Marrero

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  • (305) 284-2040
Population and General Statistics

Statista is partially a business site, but it offers excellent quantitative data, statistics and demographics (US and International) and health information.

What is Evidence Based Medicine?

Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) is the conscientious, explicit, judicious and reasonable use of modern, best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. EBM integrates clinical experience and patient values with the best available research information. (David Sackett, 1997).

Evidence-Based Public Health is defined as the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of the current best evidence in making decisions about the care of communities and populations in the domain of health protection, disease prevention, health maintenance and improvement (health promotion).  It is the process of systematically finding, appraising, and using contemporaneous research findings as the basis for decisions in public health."  (M. Jenicek (1997) 

Saily Marrero

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Evidence Based Practice Databases
EBP & EBM Websites & PDFs
Clinical Questions, Study Design, & EBM Resource

Finding good resources involves not only selecting appropriate databases and websites, but also type of study design. Different study designs produce different levels of evidence are organzied hierarchically. See blue pyramid and note that study designs at the top, e.g., meta analysis, systematic review offer the highest level of evidence. 

Critically Examining the Literature & Appraising the Evidence

Finding and using research evidence Summary Sheet  
Guidelines in Databases
1) On top bar, click on Evidence Based Care Sheets and Quick Lessons type in the topic, condition, or procedure.
2) In Advanced Search, type the topic, then select Publication Type and select Practice Guidelines in the limiter section,

Clinical Key
Click on Guidelines menu next to the search box at the top. Search by organization name, specialty, or topic.

1) Click on Additional Filters 
2) Select Practice Guidelines and it will appear under Article Type.
3) Run search and click on the Practice Guideline filter

DynaMed or UpToDate
1) Type in condition, procedure, or etc. in the search box
2) Select one of the results
3) On the left handside under Topic Outline you will find Guidelines

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Systematic vs Scoping Review
What is the difference between a Systematic Review and Scoping Review and which one should I do?

Systematic vs. Scoping vs. Integrative Review  Duquesne University

Munn Z, P., etal. (2018) Systematic review or scoping review? Guidance for authors when choosing between a systematic or scoping review approach. BMC Med Res Methodol. 19;18(1):143.    doi: 10.1186/s12874-018-0611-x. 

Typology of reviews: an analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies (Grant & Booth, 2009)
Formulating a Research Question
Building a good research question is at the heart of conducing a viable Systematic or Scoping Review. Best guidance on how to do this and what is required is at  University of Texas
Designing Search Strategies
CEE – Section 3.1 Scoping and Parts of 3.2 Developing & Testing the search strategy, e.g., parts of 3.2.1  

Part 2 Chapter 4 Searching for and selecting studies  Cochrane Handbook for SR’s of Interventions

Some things to keep in mind when formulating your search (Tufts Uni.):

Does the database use a controlled vocabulary or just keywords? If so use both.

Make a list or table of terms to express your concepts and the synonyms for each.

Combining Concepts and Terms
- ‘AND’ different concepts
- ‘OR’ synonyms for a concept.

When using keywords think about using truncation (*); plurals; abbreviations; and alternate spellings 

Translating a Search into Multiple Health Science Databases (U of Dalh.)

Health Sciences Search Terms & Filters (U of AB)
Tracking Searches & Results
Protocols & Has my review been done before?
Any researcher can register a protocol. If a publication or agency does not require one, submitting one is optional, but writing one as part of the process is fundamental. It helps plan and specify how you will navigate the systematic review process and stay on course.
Systematic Reviews Protocols and Protocol Registries – National Institutes of Health (NIH) 
To the left of the page are links to tips - Document Your Work and Literature Search: Databases & Gray Literature
Protocol Worksheet – University of Iowa Libraries (Registration not necessary)
PRISMA P (Protocol)
It's important to know this and to avoid duplication. In addition to checking protocol databases, search UM Libraries Databases Medline (in PubMed or OVID), CINAHL, PsycINFO, etc. – use limiters or filters to target only Systematic Reviews or by adding the term Systematic Review to your search. 
Prospero is an international protocol database for systematic reviews in a variety of disciplines with “health related outcomes”.  Through registration of review is helps avoid “duplication and enable comparison of reported review methods with what was planned in the protocol”.
Cochrane Library databases for high quality, independent evidence for healthcare decision-making.
Campbell Collaboration provides S.R.s in the social sciences.
DARE - from York University, UK| National Institute of Health Research (NHS)
Trip is a search engine lists publications of varying levels of evidence based research.
Reviews Methodologies
 Systematic Reviews, Scoping Reviews, and other Knowledge Synthesis Guide & Processes (McGill University)
 Joanna Briggs Institute Reviewer’s Manual
      U of Adelaide (Describes steps for SRs of qualitative, quantitative, economic, text and
       opinion based evidence.) Check the Appendices in each chapter for worksheets and guides.)
PRISMA Statement (Transparent Reporting of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis) About page
PRISMA 2020 Checklist (The Checklist is 1 of 2 parts of “PRISMA Statement”. Click on the Checklist)

Cochrane Interactive Learning Modules UM Calder Library
Systematic Reviews: Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) guidance for undertaking systematic reviews in health care  U of York, UK  (See Appendix 3: Documenting the search process)
Systematic Reviews: Skills to Develop Literature Searches, Manage Results and Evaluate Findings    U of Pittsburgh | Health Sc Library System
Systematic Reviews: SR Process U of Washington | Health Science Library
Systematic Review Guide U of Texas
Scoping Reviews: what they are & how to them PDF
Scoping Reviews: what they are and how to do them  Cochrane Training Videos
Scoping Reviews: what they are and how to do them  Cochrane Training Slides
PRISMA-ScR – extension for Scoping Reviews Checklist
PRISMA for Scoping Reviews tip sheets and video
Joanna Briggs Institution Scoping Reviews  Chapter 11
Current Best Practices for the Conduct of Scoping Reviews U of Toronto (super simple)
Scoping Review Guide U of Texas Library
Appraisal Tools
Tools for appraising articles in any review
Appraisal & Analysis Duke University Medical Center Library
The Center for Evidence-Based Medicine
JBI Critical Appraisal Tools
Oxford Center for Evidence-based Medicine
UM subscribes to Covidence found in the UM Libraries homepage
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Covidence Help Guide
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Covidence Knowledge Base  FAQ articles and Covidence news & updates. 

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