Evidence Based Practice Toolkit for Nursing

Created by OHSU Clinical Inquiry Council

Do It Yourself Evidence Based Medicine Reviews

If no official EBM review has been done on your topic, these filters and hedges may be helpful in reducing the amount of literature you need to analyze.

PubMed Filters
From the PubMed homepage, linked above, click on "Clinical Queries" in the left frame. The objective of filtering is to reduce the retrieval of a search in PubMed to articles that report research conducted with specific methodologies.

Free Online Resources

National Guidelines Clearinghouse
A public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines from more than 100 institutions and organizations. It is sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the American Medical Association and the American Association of Health Plans.

Professional Organizations such as the American Heart Association, the National Cancer Institute, the American Psychiatric Association or the American Academy of Pediatrics may post relevant evidence based medicine reviews or practice guidelines based on ebm reviews on their Web sites.

At least some of these will be picked up by the National Guidelines Clearinghouse.

EBP Metasearch

Practice Guidelines in Library Databases

In many of the OHSU Library databases (MEDLINE, CINAHL, Nursing Consult, Nursing Reference Center), you can can limit your search to just practice guidelines - look for a limiter called "guidelines" or "practice guidelines", often found under "Publication Types".


These tools will help you to interpret the clinical and statistical significance of data reported in clinical research.