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Resources for evidence-based research

                   Hierarchy of Evidence: Case series/case reports; case control studies; cohort studies; randomized control trial; systematic review; meta-analysis (from wider content to more focused and specific)

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If you are looking for quick access, freely available, evidence-based information then search one of the resources below.  Each resource offers systematic reviews that will give you the best course of action for your particular patient, though if no systematic review has been carried out on your topic you might select a lower form of evidence.

Clinical trial sources

For some assignments you need to know more about clinical trials.

Clinical trials are incredibly vital to research but what is a clinical trial?  You can find the answer using the following links!

How can I find clinical trials?

You have options! You can either search for a study on a clinical trial / research study website or you can use a database like PubMed and use the clinical trial filter or limit.

How do I find the results?

The volume of information available may relate to the stage of the trial, whether the team has published results or associated information. To find out more, you should head back to the site you used to locate the trial and see if there are study results, associated publications or you can run an author search in a database for the principal / lead investigator.

How and why are clinical trials registered?

You can find out more about this from a UK, US and international perspective below:

  • guides can be really useful for pre-reading before a session or for post-sessional reading. Many students find useful to support undertaking clinical skills and procedures on placement. All the procedures can be accessed from the ‘procedures’ area of your profile.
  • We’ve also created a series of tests that you might take (after reading the procedural guide) to test your knowledge around a particular skill. You can find these in the ‘take a test’ area of your profile.
  • In some cases, you might be signposted to access as part of your learning for a taught session, particularly for pre- or post-sessional work.

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  • Before you can do this, an account will need to be created for you by the Nursing and Midwifery Department. This will usually be done within the first few weeks of you starting your course (once enrolment is complete) and you will be notified once this is ready for you.
  • If you are unable to set up an account, click Login, scroll down to login via Shibboleth, select Sheffield Hallam University, and login with your normal SHU username and password.


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