Finding and evaluating evidence

Most healthcare professionals are expected to be up to date with the latest research and developments, and being able to identify and critically evaluate research is a central component of evidence-based practice. All research projects should include a review of the current evidence prior to the development of the research protocol. 

This guide provides information on how to search and evaluate evidence, through a process known as critical appraisal, in order to determine its value and applicability to clinical practice and using this knowledge to inform the research process.

Key points covered in this guide

  • The importance of using evidence to build a case for research
  • Main types of evidence reviews and different synthesis approaches
  • Developing a search strategy to identify relevant evidence
  • Main elements of critical appraisal of evidence
  • Managing and citing references

First Published: 25 October 2022

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