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Veterinary - Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine: Background questions

Resources to consult for background questions

 types of resources that can be used to answer background questions (types listed below)

Textbooks

Textbooks are the best resources to find general clinical information.

Use the catalog or SVM Electronic Resources to search for textbooks. For information on accessing these resources, see the Accessing Library Resources research guide.

Point-of-care tools

Point-of-care tools are designed to provide quick access to summaries of peer-reviewed resources.

Use Vetstream, Veterinary Information Network (VIN), or other point-of-care veterinary tools to aide in making evidence-based clinical decisions. For more information and a list of other point-of-care tools, see the Clinical Databases and Resources research guide.

Practice guidelines

"The IOM (2011) defined clinical practice guidelines as 'statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options.' Trustworthy guidelines should be based on a systematic evidence review, developed by panel of multidisciplinary experts, provide a clear explanation of the logical relationships between alternative care options and health outcomes, and provide ratings of both the quality of evidence and the strength of the recommendations."

- NIH, About Systematic Evidence Reviews and Clinical Practice Guidelines

Use PubMed with the article types filter(s) Guidelines and/or Practice Guidelines or search other databases (including VIN) with practice guidelines as one of the search elements. For more information about research databases, see the Research Databases research guide.

Review articles

If after consulting the other types of resources, you still need more information, review articles provide a summary of what is known about a given a topic.

Use PubMed with the article types filter Reviews or search other databases (including VIN) with review as one of the search elements. For more information about research databases, see the Research Databases research guide.

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