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)

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)


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.

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.    

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.


‚ÄčIncorporating 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.