EXSS 25500: Introduction to evidence-based medicine and clinical reasoning

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Unfiltered Databases
SPORTDiscus with Full Text
This is a great tool for finding sports medicine, fitness, coaching and education articles. Be sure to limit to "Peer Reviewed"
This is a great tool for finding primary biomedical journal articles with links to some full-text.
This is a great tool for finding education, health promotion, and psychosocial health articles along with research articles.

Filtered EBP Databases
PubMed Clinical Queries
Special filters help you to find clinically based articles focused on therapy, diagnosis, etiology, prognosis, clinical prediction guidelines, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, or medical genetics.

Cochrane Library
A collection of evidence-based medicine databases.
PEDro - Physiotherapy Evidence Database
Contains abstracts of randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physical therapy. Most trials have been rated for quality.

PubMed Clinical Queries

PubMed Clinical Queries provides access to specialized PubMed searches designed to quickly connect clinicians with evidence-based clinical literature. 

There are two EBM search options:
  • Search by Clinical Study Category
  • Find Systematic Reviews

My NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information): PubMed's tool that keeps your personal information and provides customized services such as allowing you to save searches, select display formats, filtering options, and set up automatic searches that are sent by e-mail.


SPORTDiscus (can use a similar strategy in CINAHL or Medline)

1. barefoot or unshod or shod or shoe* or footwear or running shoe* or sneaker*
2. run* or jog*
3. foot strike or pronat* or injur* or risk
4. research or randomized controlled trial or rct or systematic review or meta analysis


Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

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Course Materials

EBP Tutorials

Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine - Duke University's and UNC-Chapel Hill's interactive tutorial

Evidence Based Practice Tutorial - University of Minnesota's interactive tutorial

Searching Tutorials

Below are links to tutorials that will help you with research in physical therapy. Once the tutorial is running, simply scroll down to access the navigation bar.

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