Evidence based practice education resources

This area of the site will develop as relevant educational material is identified and developed. At present you will find information on:

Comprehensive EBP support

These sites cover most aspects of EBP and include support on statistics.

  • The Evidence Based Medicine Toolbox

The Evidence Based Medicine Toolbox is a collection of tools for identifying, assessing and applying relevant evidence for better health care decision making.

  • Open Clinical: knowledge management

Open Clinical: knowledge management provides links to high quality sites related to evidence based medicine, clinical guidelines and medical informatics.

Using the internet

  • Internet for Allied Health

Internet for Allied Health provides a free "teach yourself" tutorial on internet information skills for allied health professionals.

Literature searching

  • NHS (UK) Learning and Development

The NHS (UK) Learning and Development site provides access to learning resources for EBP including sections on Sources of Evidence and Search Filters.

Critical appraisal resources

Many of these sites also provide advice and support on statistics.

  • Users' guide to the Medical Literature

The Centre for Health Evidence website provides access the complete set of Users' Guides originally published as a series in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Leading the way in critical appraisal.

  • PEDro tutorial

PEDro provide a short tutorial on reading clinical trials in physiotherapy.

  • How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence Based Medicine

How to read a paper by David Warriner, F2 student (general practice), Derwent Surgery, Malton, North Yorkshire, UK 

  • British Medical Journal articles

Listed below are a series of articles by Trish Greenhalgh published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), also produced as a book.

  • Critical Appraisal Skills Programme checklists

The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) aims to empower health and social care professionals and users of the NHS in the UK to distinguish between, and to use, good quality evidence to support decisions. The programme involves disseminating and cascading knowledge and skills in the area of EBP and endeavours to make learning in this field more accessible - ultimately improving the quality of health and social care service. CASP has developed appraisal tools for systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, qualitative research studies, cohort studies, case-control studies, diagnostic test studies and economic evaluation studies.

  • AGREE instrument

AGREE provide a tool for assessing the quality of clinical guidelines.

WCPT publications

WCPT has published a number of keynote papers relevant to evidence based practice.

WCPT congress learning materials

Recording of focused symposium - Development of evidence-based recommendations for physical therapy diagnosis and treatment

Online tutorials, articles and publications on EBP


  • Evidence Based Medicine: what it is and what it isn't

"Evidence Based Medicine: what it is and what it isn't" is an editorial published in the BMJ by David L Sackett, William M C Rosenberg, J A Muir Gray, R Brian Haynes, W Scott Richardson BMJ 1996;312:71-72 (13 January)>

Useful for understanding the philosophical basis for EBP.

  • Levels of Evidence

The "Levels of Evidence" document is available on the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (Oxford, UK) website.

They also host "BMJ Talks" - PowerPoint presentations of their editors, some of which cover EBP.

  • The Relation between Systematic Reviews and Practice Guidelines

The article "The Relation between Systematic Reviews and Practice Guidelines" was published in Annals of Internal Medicine 1 August 1997. 127:210-216. Full text accessible.


  • Undertaking Systematic Reviews of Research on Effectiveness

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (UK) guidance for undertaking reviews in health care provides practical guidance for undertaking evidence synthesis based on a thorough understanding of systematic review methodology.  It presents the core principles of systematic reviewing, and in complementary chapters, highlights issues that are specific to reviews of clinical tests, public health interventions, adverse effects and economic evaluations.  The final chapter discusses the incorporation of qualitative research in or alongside effectiveness reviews.

  • United States Cochrane Center

Understanding Evidence-based Healthcare: A Foundation for Action - A web course created by the as part of a project undertaken by Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare (CUE). Designed to help consumer advocates understand the fundamentals of evidence-based healthcare concepts and skills. Registration is open and free of charge. Participants are encouraged to finish the course in three months. We recommend that participants complete only 1-2 modules at a time. Participants must commit to filling out evaluation forms upon completion of each module.

  • University of Minnosota Library

Evidence-Based Practice: An Interprofessional Tutorial


  • Getting Evidence into Practice

Effective Health Care Bulletin Volume 5 Number 1, 1999

Health technology assessment


Electronic textbook of HTA Information Resources includes chapters on:

Getting published

  • CONSORT Statement


    The CONSORT statement is an important research tool that takes an evidence based approach to improve the quality of reports of randomised trials. The most up-to-date revision of the CONSORT Statement is CONSORT 2010, which can be freely viewed and downloaded from this website.

Other publications

Practical Evidence-Based Physiotherapy

Rob Herbert, Gro Jamtvedt, Judy Mead, Kare Birger Hagen
Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann; Oxford UK (2005)
ISBN: 0750688203

A series of eight articles edited by Andy Haines and Anna Donald published in the BMJ and also available as a book from BMJ publishing.

Practical Tips in Finding the Evidence: An Allied Health Primer

Karen Grimmer-Somers, Saravana Kumar, Anthea Worley, Alexandra Young
The Centre for Allied Health (CAHE), South Australia

Order a copy of Pratical Tips in Finding the Evidence: An Allied Health Primer