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EBP - Nursing

Resources for Evidence Based Practice, Professional Accountability, and Inter-professional Practice

Synopses of Syntheses Definition

Synopses of syntheses, summarize the information found in systematic reviews and other evidence.  By drawing conclusions from evidence at lower levels of the pyramid, these synopses often provide sufficient information to support clinical action.  Often short reviews including commentaries on the study and its methodology and results, and evaluation of the evidence.

The resources below often include more than summaries of systematic reviews -- be sure to know what you are reading.  Look for the phrases: commentary, evidence summary, etc.

NURSING SYNOPSES OF SYNTHESES: Evidence Based Nursing

Evidence Based Nursing
Evidence-Based Nursing surveys a wide range of international clinical journals applying strict criteria for the quality and validity of research.Practising clinicians assess the clinical relevance of the best studies. The key details of these essential studies are included in a succinct, informative expert commentary on their clinical application. Published quarterly, Evidence-Based Nursing is designed to alert practising nurses to important and clinically relevant advances in treatment, diagnosis, aetiology, and prognosis.

It is a bit cumbersome to search the Evidence Based journals as the search box at the top right ends up searching all journals from BMJ.

The following is how to search just Evidence Based Nursing (or the other medical Evidence Based journals).

  1. click Advanced Search from the right
  2. type search terms (e.g. diabetic foot ulcer*)
  3. scroll down until you see "Limit Results"
    1. x out All Journals
    2. scroll through the list to choose the journal "Evidence Based Nursing" by clicking in the now empty box
  4. Click Submit

Results are now only from the Evidence Based Nursing Journal

REMEMBER You are looking for synopses (commentaries or summaries) of syntheses (systematic reviews). You may have to review several of the articles before you find a synopsis of a synthesis -- focus on those that have "review" as part of the title.

Evidence Based Nursing includes more than just synopses of syntheses. Be sure that you have retrieved a commentary on a systematic review.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH SYNOPSES OF SYNTHESES: HealthEvidence

HealthEvidence
Aims to support evidence-informed decision making in public health by providing current research evidence in a searchable online registry. The health-evidence.ca team regularly searches for, screens, and rates systematic and narrative reviews, and meta-analyses from a variety of electronic and print sources.  Need to register for a free account in order to be able to search.

HealthEvidence offers a simple search box, much like Google.

  • However, not all resources in HealthEvidence are synopses of syntheses.  
  • You need to look for research that is summarized.  
  • HealthEvidence provides an icon next to summarized research.  The "pencil icon" indicates that the research is summarized

MEDICINE SYNOPSES OF STUDIES

ACP Journal     
The editors of ACP Journal Club screen the top clinical journals on a regular basis and identify studies that are both methodologically sound and clinically relevant. Enhanced abstracts of the chosen articles are then written, including commentaries on the applicability of these studies to clinical practice.

Evidence Based Medicine
Evidence Based Medicine systematically searches a wide range of international medical journals applying strict criteria for the validity of research. Experts critically appraise the validity of the most clinically relevant articles and summarize them including commentary on their clinical applicability. EBM also publishes articles relevant to the study and practice of evidence-based medicine.

Evidence Based Mental Health
Evidence-Based Mental Health journal surveys a wide range of international medical journals applying strict criteria for the quality and validity of research. Practising clinicians assess the clinical relevance of the best studies. The key details of these essential studies are presented in a succinct, informative abstract with an expert commentary on its clinical application.

See above for video and tips on searching Evidence Based Nursing.

Example of ACP Journal Search

See Evidence Based Nursing

 

ACP Journal example: