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NURS 9050: DNP Health Informatics

Library resources to support evidence-based research


Welcome to the course guide for NURS 9050: DNP Health Informatics. This guide is meant to facilitate one-stop access to many of the library resources that you will need to use to complete your assignments and research in this course. Use the tabs above to browse and please do not hesitate to reach out if you need any assistance!

Types of Evidence-Based Literature

Systematic Review

A systematic review attempts to identify, appraise and synthesize all the empirical evidence that meets pre-specified eligibility criteria to answer a given research question. Researchers conducting systematic reviews use explicit methods aimed at minimizing bias, in order to produce more reliable findings that can be used to inform decision making (Cochrane Library Handbook Section 1.2.2). When such studies involve specifically quantitative techniques to combine and analyze data from multiple independent studies, they'd be referred to as a 'meta analysis.'


Works consisting of studies using a quantitative method of combining the results of independent studies (usually drawn from the published literature) and synthesizing summaries and conclusions which may be used to evaluate therapeutic effectiveness, plan new studies, etc. It is often an overview of clinical trials. It is usually called a meta-analysis by the author or sponsoring body and should be differentiated from reviews of literature (PubMed Medical Subject Heading).

Evidence-Based Guideline

Work consisting of a set of directions or principles to assist the health care practitioner with patient care decisions about appropriate diagnostic, therapeutic, or other clinical procedures for specific clinical circumstances. Practice guidelines may be developed by government agencies at any level, institutions, organizations such as professional societies or governing boards, or by the convening of expert panels (PubMed Medical Subject Heading).


Key Evidence-Based Databases