Research for class may sound intimidating, but it's actually pretty simple when you break it down. Fortunately, there is a straightforward process you can follow.
The health care research process should always follow the same steps.
In the medical and allied health fields, researchers conduct scientifically-designed experiments to answer specific research questions. Each study builds on previous research to add a new piece of evidence to the larger puzzle. The goal of health research is to improve understanding of a particular field or subject area in order to improve technology, care, and decision-making.
As a practitioner, it's important to develop an evidence-based practice (EBP). EBP focuses on combining current research evidence with a practitioner's own experience and judgement and the patient's preferences . It's a three-part approach called the three-legged stool of EBP.
Clinical research can usually be found on special websites that search peer-reviewed journal databases. Our library has subscriptions to some of these journal sites.
Read more about EBP in a peer-reviewed article from Credo Reference.
Peer-reviewed sources are have been reviewed for quality by experts before they are published, which is different than many websites.
All of the links to library collections are peer-reviewed. This means that you can generally trust information from the library's collections more than the information on the Web.
|Created by health care professionals, health researchers, or other expert||You don't know who wrote the information|
|Reviewed for quality by experts according to professional process|
|Guaranteed to meet the in the field|
ACC's Peer-reviewed Collections
NOT Peer-Reviewed Websites
|Nursing Reference Center,||WebMD|
|Rehabilitation Reference Center||Drugs.com|
|SMART Imagebase||Google Images, YouTube|
|CINAHL Complete||Blogs, discussion forums, social media posts|