Series on Finding Evidence and Putting It Into Practice
- Editorial: Introduction(2 page PDF)
- Keeping Up with the Medical Literature: How to Set Up a System(2 page PDF)
- How to Find Answers to Clinical Questions(4 page PDF)
- Diagnosis: Making the Best Use of Medical Data(3 page PDF)
- Finding High-Quality Review Articles(3 page PDF)
- Identifying and Using Good Practice Guidelines(3 page PDF)
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Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy (SORT): A Patient-Centered Approach to Grading Evidence in the Medical Literature
Article from the February 1, 2004, issue of American Family Physician that describes the SORT, which allows authors to rate individual studies or bodies of evidence.
Example of Evidence in an AFP Article
Article from the July 15, 2007, issue of American Family Physician that includes a table of key recommendations graded according to the SORT evidence rating system.
The Choosing Wisely campaign prompts physicians and patients to avoid unnecessary testing and treatment, things that not only don’t help, but that also may lead to harm. Initially sponsored by nine medical specialty societies, the campaign consists of specialty-specific top-five lists of common tests and procedures that are often performed unnecessarily, when they are not likely to improve a patient’s health. The primary focus of the campaign is to improve health care quality and reduce harm by avoiding unnecessary interventions, with the added benefit of lowering costs.
How to Write an Evidence-Based Clinical Review Article
Article from the January 15, 2002, issue of American Family Physician that presents guidelines for writing an evidence-based clinical review article. NOTE: American Family Physician no longer includes ratings of evidence in the text as described in "How to Write an Evidence-Based Clinical Review Article."
Top 20 POEMs of 2011
View a directory of the top 20 POEMs of 2011.
Top 20 POEMs of 2012
View a directory of the top 20 POEMs of 2012.
Evidence-based CME Resources
The AAFP recommends using evidence-based medicine (EBM) sources that consistently conduct comprehensive systematic evidence reviews to provide a reliable quality control for the evidence accepted by the AAFP. A systematic review is one in which all the trials on a topic have been systematically identified, appraised and summarized according to predetermined criteria.
Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine(www.cebm.net)
The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine promotes evidence-based health care, and provides support and resources.
Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) Working Group(gradeworkinggroup.org)
The GRADE Working Group provides information about grading quality of evidence and strength of recommendations.
Guidelines International Network(www.g-i-n.net)
G-I-N offers the world's largest guideline library. Their website is regularly updated with the latest information about clinical practice guidelines.
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network(www.sign.ac.uk)
SIGN provides evidence-based guidelines and patient education based on guidelines.
Translating Research into Practice(www.tripdatabase.com)
TRIP provides answers to clinical questions using the principles of evidence-based medicine.