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Evidence-Based Practice and Information Mastery: Books, Articles, Web Sites

A guide on the method of applying evidence-based practice to combat information overload and help the practitioner locate, evaluate and integrate the best information to improve the quality of care for the patient.


Rosser W, Slawson D, Shaughnessey AF, eds. Information Mastery: Evidence-based family medicine. 2nd edition. Hamilton Ontario: BC Decker, Inc; 2004


Evaluating Information Tutorial   Learn how to evaluate information found in books, articles and websites. (from Duke University Medical Center Library and Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill)

Information Mastery     A series of workshops gives and overview, skills, making decisions better. and communicating risks and benefits (from the National Prescribing Centre, United Kingdom).

Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice  Intended for any health care practitioner or student who needs a basic introduction to the principles of Evidence-Based Practice. (from Duke University Medical Center Library and Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill)



The library has electronic access to some of the non-linked articles. Simply copy and paste the title (and author) into the noted database and you will see a link to the article.



IM Concept

Shaughnessy AF, Slawson DC, Bennett JH.

Becoming an information master: A guidebook to the medical information jungle.

J Fam Pract.1994;39:489-99.


Slawson DC, Shaughnessy AF, Bennett JH.

Becoming an information master: Feeling good about not knowing everything.

 J Fam Pract.1994;38:505-13.


Shaughnessy AF, Slawson DC.

Are we providing doctors with the training and tools for lifelong learning?

BMJ. 1999;319(7220):1280.


Ebell MH, Siwek J, Weiss BD, Woolf SH, Susman JL, Ewigman B, Bowman M.
Simplifying the language of evidence to improve patient care: strength of recommendation taxonomy (SORT): a patient-centered approach to
grading evidence in medical literature.

J Fam Pract. 2004 Feb;53(2):111-20.    Nursing & Allied Health Collection: Comprehensive


Castillo DL, Abraham NS.

Knowledge management: how to keep up with the literature.

Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2008 Dec;6(12):1294-300. Science Direct

Searching for Evidence

Grandage KK, Slawson DC, Shaughnessy AF.

When less is more: a practical approach to searching for evidence-based answers.

J Med Lib Assoc 2002;90:298-304.


Ebell MH.

How to find answers to clinical questions.  

Am Fam Physician. 2009;79(4):293-296.



Appraising the Evidence

Lin KW, Slawson DC.

Identifying and using good practice guidelines.

Am Fam Physician. 2009;80(1):67-70.


Slawson DC, Reed SW.

Finding high-quality review articles.

Am Fam Physician.2009;79(10):875-877.


Shaughnessy AF.

Evaluating and understanding articles about treatment.

Am Fam Physician 2009;79(8):668-670.




Slawson DC, Shaughnessy AF.
Becoming an information master.

J Fam Pract. 2000:49:63-7   Nursing & Allied Health Collection


Slawson DC, Shaughnessy AF.

Becoming an Information Master. Using “medical poetry” to remove the inequities in health care delivery.

J Fam Pract. 2001;50:51-6.


Teaching Information Mastery

Slawson DC, Shaughnessy AF.

Teaching evidence-based medicine: Should we be teaching information management instead?

Acad Med. 2005;80:685-89.


Shaughnessy AF, Gupta PS, Erlich DR, Slawson DC.

Ability of an information mastery curriculum to improve residents' skills and attitudes.

Fam Med. 2012 Apr;44(4):259-64.


Longyhore D, Ference K, Nanstiel B.

An elective course in information mastery.

Am J Pharm Educ. 2011 Mar 10;75(2):20.


Tudiver F, Rose D, Banks B, Pfortmiller D.

Reliability and validity testing of an evidence-based medicine OSCE station.

Fam Med. 2009 Feb;41(2):89-91.


Slawson DC, Shaughnessy AF.

Teaching information mastery: the case of baby Jeff and the importance of Bayes' theorem.

Fam Med. 2002 Feb;34(2):140-2.


Slawson DC, Shaughnessy AF. 

Teaching information mastery: creating informed consumers of medical information.

J Am Board Fam Pract. 1999 Nov-Dec;12:444-9.


Shaughnessy AF, Slawson DC, Bennett JH.

Teaching information mastery: evaluating information provided by pharmaceutical representatives.

Fam Med. 1995 Oct;27(9):581-585.


Ebell MH, Shaughnessy AF.
Information Mastery: Integrating continuing medical education with the information needs of clinicians.

Cont Educ Health Prof. 2003;23:S53-62.    CINAHL



Incorporating IM into Practice

Shaughnessy AF.

Keeping up with the medical literature: how to set up a system.

Am Fam Physician. Jan 1 2009;79(1):25-26.


Shaughnessy AF, Slawson DC, Becker L.
Clinical jazz: harmonizing clinical experience and evidence-based medicine.

J Fam Pract. 1998;47:425-8.