Skip to main content

EBM Tutorial: finding the best available clinical evidence


Definition of EBM : Health Information Resources Unit, McMaster University

“Evidence based medicine is an approach to health care that promotes the collection, interpretation, and integration of valid, important and applicable patient-reported, clinician observed, and research-derived evidence. The best available evidence, moderated by patient circumstances and preferences, is applied to improve the quality of clinical judgements.”

Searching medical literature for the best clinical evidence

This tutorial aims to clarify the process of searching for reliable medical evidence. The process involves 3 stages.

  1. Clinical queries
    Analyse information needs and develop answerable questions.
  2. Clinical information sources
    Select the most appropriate evidence and data source.
  3. Search strategy
    Formulate an effective strategy.