Evidence-Based Nursing Books


CINAHL Evidence-Based Care Sheets - CINAHL provides nearly 150 Evidence-Based Care Sheets, which are designed to give a "general informational overview of the subject for the healthcare professional" on a variety of topics. Most are two pages long, and include information on "What We Know" and "What We Can Do," supported by a list of References for further information.

CINAHL Quick Lessons - Each Quick Lesson includes information on the topic's description/etiology, facts and statistics, risk factors, symptoms and clinical presentation, assessment, treatment goals, and more, as well as a list of references that provide further information.

Clinical Key - Clinical Overviews - Clinical Overviews provide snap shot clinical information on the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up for specific conditions.




Filtered / Unfiltered Nursing Resources

Filtered Resources

Filtered resources appraise the quality of studies and often make recommendations for practice.

Systematic Reviews / Meta-Analyses

Authors of a systematic review ask a specific clinical question, perform a comprehensive literature search, eliminate the poorly done studies and attempt to make practice recommendations based on the well-done studies. A meta-analysis is a systematic review that combines all the results of all the studies into a single statistical analysis of results.

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews on the Cochrane Library

Consists of detailed, structured topic reviews of hundreds of articles. Teams of experts complete comprehensive literature reviews, evaluate the literature, and present summaries of the findings of the best studies. Published by the International Cochrane Collaboration. Also available on Ovid

Systematic Reviews are also searchable in MEDLINE:

In Ovid MEDLINE: Enter your search query; from "Limits" options, select "Systematic Reviews" under "Publication Types." In PubMed: Run your search query; click on "Article Types" on the left side of the screen; Select "Systematic Reviews."

Critically-Appraised Topics

Authors of critically-appraised topics evaluate and synthesize multiple research studies.

National Guideline Clearinghouse

A comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents produced by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, in partnership with the American Medical Association and the American Association of Health Plans. Updated weekly.

Note: Guideline evidence varies from expert opinion to high levels of evidence.


A clinical information resource, which offers up-to-date, fully referenced expert answers to patient-care, diagnosis, and treatment questions. Topic reviews are written by recognized authorities who review the topic, synthesize the evidence, summarize key findings, and provide specific recommendations.


Unfiltered Resources

Evidence is not always available via filtered resources. Searching the primary literature may be required. It is possible to use specific search strategies in MEDLINE and other databases to achieve the highest possible level of evidence.


To limit your PubMed search to the best evidence-producing studies: Click "Clinical Queries" (umder PubMed Tools). This specialized search is intended for clinicians and has built-in search filters. Five study categories--therapy, diagnosis, etiology, prognosis and clinical prediction guides--are provided, and you may indicate whether you wish your search to be more sensitive (i.e., include most relevant articles but probably including some less relevant ones) or more specific (i.e., include mostly relevant articles but probably omit a few).

Ovid Medline

To limit your Ovid MEDLINE search to the best evidence-producing studies: Clinical Queries (See PubMed) is searchable in Ovid; click Additional Limits.



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