ⓘ Library Under Construction

The library’s circulating books, journals, and many of its services are now located in the Ritter Ice Arena. More information.

Physician Assistant (PA): Frame your search

This guide provides general and additional information for the PA courses
https://infoguides.rit.edu/prf.php?account_id=43305

EBM

  • Evidence Based Method (EBM) is a process used to filter out bias, incomplete or inaccurate research in the increasing number of journal articles used for clinical decisions.
  • Before you search map out what you should be searching using PICO
  • Use author and database selected keywords e.g. ScienceDirect database, synonyms, Pubmed's MeSH keywords, advanced database search boxes, filters-gender/age/year, etc.
  •  boolean operators (and or not)  or quotes
  • types of literature e.g. systematic reviews, meta analysis are best to use while making clinical decisions.  

 

 

 

PICO

PICO is a framework and process to use for successful database searches in order to ansswer EBM questions that address the

(P ) roblem or (P)opulation

(I) ntervention

(C) omparison, and

(O)utcome(s)

Systematic Reviews (SR)

SYSTEMATIC REVIEW  is a thought process with a framework where you should ask during your EBM/PICO searches: 

  1. Are the results of the review valid?
  2. Does the study address a clearly focused question?
  3. Did the study use valid methods to address this question?
  4. Are the results of this study important?
  5. Are these results applicable to the patient/population?, etc.

Edit this Guide

Log into Dashboard

Use of RIT resources is reserved for current RIT students, faculty and staff for academic and teaching purposes only.
Please contact your librarian with any questions.

Facebook icon  Twitter icon  Instagram icon  YouTube icon