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Last Updated: Nov 6, 2014 URL: Print Guide

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EBP Resources

  • Duke EBM Website
    Resource for teaching and learning EBM; includes articles, calculators, worksheets, etc.
  • Rehab+
    An alert system for quality articles; also contains a searchable database of citations to quality evidence selected by McMaster University.
  • Physiopedia
    An evidence-based knowledge resource for rehabilitation professionals. Through collaborative wiki technology, all physiotherapists can contribute, share and build knowledge.
  • Hooked on Evidence
    APTA database of current evidence. Must be an APTA member to log in.


Databases: Search!

  • PubMed (MEDLINE)
    The premier source for bibliographic and abstract coverage of biomedical literature.
  • CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
    Authoritative coverage of the journal literature related to nursing and allied health.
  • PEDro (Physiotherapy Evidence Database)
    A free database of randomized trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. All trials are independently assessed for quality; these ratings are used to guide users to trials that are more likely to be valid.
  • SportDiscus
    This comprehensive bibliographic database covers key areas of sports medicine and related fields. Content areas range from sports physiology and sports psychology to physical education and recreation. It is ideal for researchers studying different aspects of fitness, health, and sport studies.

EBP Tools and Checklists

  • PRISMA: Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
    The PRISMA Statement consists of a 27-item checklist and a four-phase flow diagram.
    CONsolidated Standards of Reporting Trials: An evidence-based tool to help researchers, editors and readers assess the quality of the reports of trials.
    An international initiative that seeks to improve the quality of scientific publications by promoting transparent and accurate reporting of health research.
  • RATS
    Guidelines for reviewing qualitative research.
    Guidelines for meta-analyses of observational studies in epidemiology.
    STAndards for the Reporting of Diagnostic accuracy studies: Checklist and flow chart for readers to use with articles of diagnostic accuracy
    Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology: checklist for assessing observational studies.

EBP Calculators

  • EBM Stats Calculator
    Diagnostic Test-calculates Sensitivity, Specificity, PPV, NPV, LR+, and LR-; Prospective Study- calculates Relative Risk (RR), Absolute Relative Risk (ARR), and Number Needed to Treat (NNT); Case-control Study-calculates the O.
  • Diagnostic Test Calculator
    This calculator can determine diagnostic test characteristics (sensitivity, specificity, likelihood ratios) and/or determine post-test probability of disease given the pre-test probability and test characteristics.

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