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LLUH Center for Evidence Synthesis

website for LLUH JBI affiliated Center for Evidence Synthesis. Contains LLUH JBI course information.

Objectives for Module 1:  Introduction to Evidence-based Healthcare and using Synthesized Evidence to base Practice

Reviews the origins and historical development of evidence-based health care, provides theoretical basis for using systematic reviews in clinical practice, increases knowledge of data sources, and includes practice using advanced search techniques. Designed for professional growth through intra and inter-disciplinary healthcare teams to work collaboratively on protocol development and publishable systematic review using Joanna Briggs Institute software. Eight hours of instruction

  1. Describe the origins and development of evidence-based healthcare.
  2. Analyze the role that different levels of evidence play in contemporary healthcare practice.
  3. Explain the systematic review process.
  4. Correlate the different types of review questions to the format required based on the clinical question.
  5. Practice key principles for advanced search techniques to find the best evidence to be used in developing systematic reviews.
  6. Create shared group sets and groups in the EndNote library to manage references collaboratively during protocol and review development.

Forming your 3-stage search strategy

In your protocol you write about a 3-stage search strategy and actually accomplish the first stage.  During your full review you conduct your search on multiple databases (and specified platform)  Here are bullets that break down the steps for easier understanding.

  • Stage 1 -- Identify phrases from your PICOTS, PEO, CoCoPopPI, PIRD, PCC or other question, and look up the subject headings/controlled vocabulary for a particular database. 
  • Stage 2 -- Conduct the search in multiple databases and study registries (you will do this during the full review).
  • Stage 3 -- Review the "references cited" sections of the studies to see if any other potential articles can be added.


Here is a list of global databases (with platforms) and study registries you can choose from when writing about your search strategy in the protocol.