Thursday, October 29, 2009

Evidence summaries

So how do Clinical Librarians present their search results to clinicians? It's something I get asked about a lot. I don't know if my way's the right way, and I'd be interested to know what other people do too.

Generally I consider the level of evidence, and the date published and go from there. I never paraphrase results, I always lift the conclusion from the abstract. Due to time, it's rare that I'd do a full critical appraisal of a full text article, so most decisions of whether to include a study are based on a reading of the abstract.

I'd be really interested to know how others approach this, and what your opinions are. Please comment below!

1 comment:

RMH Health Sciences Library incorporating the Victorian Mental Health Library and The Royal Women's Hospital Library Services said...

Pip,

I do exactly the same as you: summary from article (or abstract, grading but no critical appraisal.
Best all round.

Terry Harrison (Melbourne)