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Getting Started in Queensland Health Libraries: Evidence Based Practice

Information and links for new staff working in Queensland Health libraries.

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This page provides links to get you started in Evidence Based Practice.

Please feel free to suggest any sites that would be useful to others.

EBP Explained

Systematic Reviews

"A systematic review attempts to identify, appraise and synthesize all the empirical evidence that meets pre-specified eligibility criteria to answer a specific research question. Researchers conducting systematic reviews use explicit, systematic methods that are selected with a view aimed at minimizing bias, to produce more reliable findings to inform decision making." (Cochrane Library, 2000-2019.)

Did you know Cochrane recommend including a health librarian on your systematic review team?

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The Systematic Review Toolbox: keeping up to date with tools to support evidence synthesis. / Johnson, E.E. (et al). Syst Rev 11 (1) 2022: 258.

Software tools to support title and abstract screening for systematic reviews in healthcare: an evaluation. /  Harrison H, Griffin SJ, Kuhn I, Usher-Smith JA.  BMC Med Res Methodol. V.. 20(1) 2020, :7.

 EUnetHTA (European Network for Health Technology Assessment)

IEBH Systematic Review Accelerator

SuReinfo (Research-based information on information retrieval aspects of reviews and health technology assessments.)

Macros for translation of search strategies in bibliographic databases / Erasmus MC (Netherlands)

Critical Appraisal Tools

MedLib Listserve 2019 Recommended Resources

Columbus EBP Immersion : (Training course; includes links to lots of useful resources.)


Evidence Based Medicine, (5th Ed). / Sharon Straus, Paul Glasziou, W. Scott Richardson, R. Brian Haynes. ISBN: 9780702062964.

Users Guide to the Medical Literature:  A manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice, (3rd ed). / Gordon Guyatt, Drummond Rennie, Maureen O. Meade, Deborah J. Cook.


How to Read a Paper / Trisha Greenhalgh (BMJ website)

Where to Start Searching for Health Information

This page points you to some useful databases and websites to get you started in accessing quality health information.

Medline, PubMed & PubMed Central
Medline is the National Library of Medicine (U.S.) journal citation database, it is a sub-set of PubMed that includes the NLM controlled vocabulary, Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®), to index citations.

PubMed is a citation index for biomedical and life sciences literature.

PubMed Central is a repository for journal literature deposited by participating publishers and NIH Public Access Policy author manuscripts. 

(Source: NLM, 2022.)

Medline Complete (Ebsco) is available via CKN.

Search Strings

SearchRxiv (“search archive”)

Enables researchers to:

  • Post their searches, ensuring credit for all those involved
  • Obtain a digital object identifier (DOI) for their search, enabling it to be cited
  • Share their searches in a consistent format, allowing others to re-use
  • Comment on searches, allowing them to be improved
  • Link searches to published articles as relevant
  • Find it easier to follow best practice for structuring their search strategy
  • Easily find relevant searches in their subject area by searching across search strings as well as metadata describing those search strings.

NSQHS Standards

NSQHS Standards - Live Literature Searches

Evidence to support best practice in line with the Australian National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards via defined PubMed searches to retrieve articles from the last 5 years with a focus on the hospital setting.