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What is a literature search?
A systematic and thorough search of published literature in order to collect information about a particular topic.
Why do we do literature searches?
- Create research proposals
- Collect evidence on effectiveness of clinical treatments
- To make a clinical decision
- Gather information for presentations
Steps for Acquiring Evidence
- Identify a clinical problem
- Create a well-defined research question (using PICO)
- Translate PICO into a search strategy
- Brainstorm and gather synonyms
- Construct the search strategy
- Select most likely resources (databases)
- Tailor search strategy to database(s)
- Save search & export citations to reference manager
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