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Evidence-Based Research for Occupational Therapy Assistants
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Evidence Based Practice

What is Evidence Based Practice?

 "Evidence-based practice can be thought of as a triad that integrates the ... clinical expertise with the best external research evidence, and takes into account patient preferences in order to deliver quality ... care." 

Dr. Victoria Schirm


Need More Assistance?

If it takes more than 20 minutes to find relevant articles, it is time to ask for assistance.

Contact the librarian.

Plan ahead.  Interlibrary loans may take more than 2 weeks to get a requested article.


PICO Question

Formulate a question to research.  Use the PICO format to state the question:

   P    Patient population or disease of interest

   I    Intervention

   C   Comparison or "compared to"

   O   Outcome "have improved"

Identify the broad topic and narrower focused topics.

Use books to get an overview of the broad topic.

Use a library database to search for evidence-base practice periodical articles.

Evaluate the search results.

Document the sources.

Create a citation.




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