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Public Health: Evidence-based Medicine

A guide to finding online resorces for public health research


Evidence-Based Medicine

Use the tabs above to learn how to:

  • formulate a focused research question
  • Use the PICO worksheet
  • Select appropriate databases and search the literature
  • Locate primary sources
  • Appraise your results
  • Additional readings

Begin your research by designing a well-built clinical question. A well-built question may include four parts, referred to as PICO that identifies the patient/problem/population (P), Intervention (I), Comparison (C), Outcome (O).

Step 1:  Identify the P in PICO--Patient Problem or Population

  • Primary problem
  • patient's main complaint
  • health status or disease
  • age, race, sex, previous ailments





Does hand washing among healthcare workers reduce hospital acquired infections?


Evidence Based Nursing Resources

Snell Library books--take a look!

Joanna Briggs Institute E-books
JBI has developed an evidence-based practice model that is considered a benchmark in the healthcare industry.  This book series will enable healthcare professionals to:

  • understand the JBI model of evidence-based healthcare
  • evaluate qualitative & quantitative research
  • appraise evidence from intervention & diagnostic accuracy studies
  • learn ways to minimize risks from adverse effects