Evidence Based Practice - Health Care: Sources for all disciplines

A guide to evidence based practice resources.

Pyramid of Evidence-Based Practice Tools

The University of Washington's Pyramid of Evidence-Based Practice Tools presents a framework for searching for evidence:

University of Washington's Pyramid of Evidence-Based Practice Tools

Begin your search using resources from the top of the pyramid to find high level evidence with the least expenditure of time. Not all subjects will be covered by these resources. Move down the pyramid as needed to find information on your topic.

Systematic Reviews/Meta-Analyses

Evidence Summaries

Individual Studies

Clinical Research Critiques

Background Information

Use these resources for overviews of diseases and conditions.  Bear in mind that some of these may not incorporate the latest research.

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
Enhanced, online version of a standard medical text.

UpToDate
Provides overviews of over 9500 topics in 21 areas of practice.

Additional Medical eBooks (via Marqcat)

6S Hierarchy of Pre-appraised Evidence

R. Brian Haynes and colleagues developed the 6S Model:

graphic showing the 6S Model developed by R. Brian Haynes and colleagures

Evid Based Nurs 2009;12:99-101 doi:10.1136/ebn.12.4.99-b