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Module 7: Evaluating the Evidence


Overview of Module 7

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Module 7 Handouts:

Tools Summary

Evaluating Study Quality

Quality Quick Tips

Appraising Treatment Articles

Quality of Study Rating Form

Quality of Study Rating Form for Rating a Prevention Study

Multiple Evaluations for Treatment Assessment Form

Client Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE)

Evaluating Evidence Example

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Glossary


I.   Examining Evidence Found

a. Review of different types of evidence (refer to earlier Handout)
b. Example of quality review
c. Examples of quality ratings suggested by Gibbs and others (handouts)
d. Identify the types of research evidence found by team members
e. Why meta-analyses and systematic reviews are so valuable

II.  Evidence Quality

a. Review of the different philosophies/ratings of evidence
b. Match of evidence/research type with question- the same type of research is not appropriate for all questions
c. General indicators of quality (Handout)
d. Ratings worksheet
e. In vivo practice using worksheet via discussion of evidence found

III. Refinement of Search Plan Based on Findings To-Date

a. Any search engines not covered?
b. Any types of evidence missing?
c. Continue collecting and assigning evidence




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