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DEFINITION Studies are individual studies or original journal articles (aka primary literature)

THE EVIDENCE
Studies have not been critically appraised or evaluated by someone else for validity and quality of evidence. Therefore, you must be the one to read it, analyze it, and critique it! It is therefore very difficult to answer your clinical question based on the information you find in Studies --- you get too many results and have no time to critically appraise all of them.

KEY RESOURCES FOR LOCATING STUDIES Many of the databases you used to search for literature for your Capstone project fall into this tier, including PubMed, Embase, Scopus, Web of Science, and even Google Scholar. The only resource we'll look at today is PubMed Clinical Queries.

>> PUBMED CLINICAL QUERIES provides a quick and easy way to search for clinical studies based on your question type (is it a therapy, diagnosis, etiology, or prognosis question?). It does the work for you in finding relevant AND methodologically sound studies by using pre-set search limits.

      Search Strategies: The only strategies to searching Clinical Queries are:
1) Make your searches simple (probably no more than 3 - 4 terms)
2) After clicking search, select your category/question type (therapy, diagnosis, etiology, etc) and start your scope as broad
 


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