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NUR 641: Acute Care of the Adult: Websites


The following is a selected list of websites that you may find useful.

Best Practice Guidelines
Developed by the Royal Nurses Association of Ontario. Designed to provide nurses with evidence-based recommendations regarding assessment and/or screening in a variety of practice settings. Includes 29 published guidelines as well as a Toolkit and Educator's Resource to support implementation.

CPG Infobase: Clinical Practice Guidelines
The CPG Infobase is a database of evidence-based Canadian clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). Maintained by Joule™, a CMA company,  it includes approximately 1,200 CPGs developed or endorsed by authoritative medical or health organizations in Canada.

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine
Produced by Oxford University, and one of the leading worldwide centers for evidence-based medicine. Contains information about learning, doing and teaching EBM as well as some useful analytical tools.

National Guideline Clearinghouse
Comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents. You can browse the guidelines by disease/condition, by treatment/intervention, or by the name of the submitting organization. Guidelines are abstracted into a standardized format and easy to compare.



If you must Google, do so responsibly

 Use the advanced search: it lets you limit your searches by domain names,allowing you to choose to avoid commercial sites, choose sites from a specific country, or retrieve only sites from non-profit organizations, for example. Cutting down the huge numbers of items you retrieve will save you time!

Use Google Scholar if you want only scholarly writings. Many, though not all, of these will have been published in journals or books, not just on the Internet.

Never pay for an article online without talking to us first!  One of the downsides of using Google is that you may think you have to buy an article that's available through the USM libraries.  When in doubt, check with the library staff.

Finding Clinical Guidelines with Google Advanced Search