Having refined a clinical question, the next step is to conduct a search to identify evidence that will help answer the question. EBVM relies on acquiring the best available scientific research and data to help minimise bias in clinical decision-making. As a vet, you need to identify the best sources of scientific information that you have access to, and develop the skills and strategies needed to use them effectively.

By the end of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Identify which information sources can help to find the best evidence for veterinary medicine.
  • Establish how to get access to these resources for your own clinical practice.
  • Translate a clinical question into a database search strategy and understand the fundamentals of efficient searching.
  • Manage your references and report your search strategies.