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Clerkship Resources and Tips: Pre-Appraised Evidence Resources

Keys to success in the clerkships and beyond.

What is a Pre-Appraised Evidence Resource?

Pre-appraised evidence resources are those that have, "undergone a filtering process to include only those studies that are of higher quality and they are regularly updated so that the evidence we access through these resources is current."1  An alternate definition indicates that pre-appraised resources are, "include only studies and reviews that are more likely to be methodologically sound and clinically relevant."2 When used efficiently, pre-appraised information resources can save valuable time, since the evidence identified through these resources has already been submitted to a rigorous critical appraisal process.

For more information about how pre-appraised resources select and appraise evidence, see the Preappraised Research section of Users' Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice, Chapter 5. Finding Current Best Evidence.

1. Dicenso A, Bayley L, Haynes RB. Accessing pre-appraised evidence: fine-tuning the 5S model into a 6S model. Evid Based Nurs. 2009;12(4):99-101.

2. Guyatt G. Users' Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice, 3E. McGraw-Hill Education / Medical; 2014.