Evidence-Based Practice

Evidence-Based Practice

Writing PICO Questions

Pico Question Worksheet will help you define your Pico Question

Locate MESH terms for your PICO in: MESH DATABASE

This video will take you through searching for evidence for an example PICO question.

Background Information for Interventions and Comparisons

Question Focus or Level of Evidence

This table recommends the best evidence for your question focus.

Need a specific level of evidence? Use this table instead.

Different Types of Studies

  • This video summarizes each research study type and how to identify what type of study an article describes.
  • Study Design 101 Tutorial outlines the pros and cons of each study type.

Where to Search

Clinical Guidelines

EBP Guidelines summarize current diagnosis & treatment recommendations, identify the best research studies, and list gaps in current research.



Original Research Studies


Subject Terms to Add to Your Search

Add these terms to your search using AND to find EBP articles and guidelines in databases.

MeSH Terms:

  • evidence-based practice
  • evidence-based medicine
  • evidence-based nursing

MeSH Publication type/Subject terms:

  • Case-control studies
  • Cohort studies
  • case reports
  • cross-sectional studies
  • Practice Guideline

Ebsco Subject Terms (CIHNAL Complete)

  • Physical Therapy Practice, Evidence-Based
  • Occupational Therapy Practice, Evidence-Based
  • ┬áNursing Practice, Evidence-Based
  • Medical Practice, Evidence-Based

Publication type/Subject terms:

  • Systematic Review
  • Meta-analysis
  • Evidence-based care sheet (CINAHL Complete)
  • Practice Guideline/s
  • Randomized Control Trial
  • Multicenter Study (Cochrane)

Journals Publishing EBP Articles

Search within the Journal using the search box inside the journal page to find an article related to your PICO

Primo Journal Search

  • Annals of Internal Medicine (The ACP Journal Club)
  • Clinical Nursing Research
  • Evidence Based Nursing (Online)
  • Evidence-based Medicine (EBM Online)
  • Evidence-based Mental Health
  • Journal of Family Practice
  • Journal of Evidence-based Social Work
  • Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing

Other Guides on the Web