Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Find the best evidence

Introduction

A practitioner talking to a patient

Once you have developed a focussed clinical question, you need to be able to quickly and effectively search for the best evidence within the most suitable resource.

Some strategies are:
  • Converting your clinical question into a search strategy
  • Understanding and using the Hierarchy of Evidence to find information
  • Effective and efficient searching
  • Troubleshooting, limiting and expanding your search.
  • Your aim is to retrieve highest level evidence which is relevant to your question as efficiently as possible. Many of the databases enable you to perform very sophisticated searches using specialised limits and filters. To find the best answers in the shortest time you will often need to make use of the full functionality that the databases offer.