What is Evidence-based Practice (EBP)?

Evidence-based dietetics practice is about asking questions, systematically finding research evidence, and assessing the validity, applicability and importance of that evidence. This evidence-based information is then combined with the dietitian's expertise and judgment and the client’s or community’s unique values and circumstances to guide decision-making in dietetics.

Source: International Confederation of Dietetic Associations - Evidence-based dietetics practice


Sources of Evidence

Cochrane Library (UPEI resource)
The Cochrane Library contains over 4600 Cochrane Reviews which are systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy, and are internationally recognised as the highest standard in evidence-based health care. Full text is available for download.


DARE - Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects
DARE, part of Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, provides a selection of high qaulity assessed reviews for which there is currently no Cochrane Review. They provide structured abstracts More about DARE is available here: http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/crdweb/AboutDare.asp .


PubMed Clinical Queries
Search for systematic reviews, meta-analyses, reviews of clinical trials, evidence-based medicine, consensus development conferences, and guidelines.  A comprehensive source that contains abstracts supplied by authors/journals, but no separate evaluation of the quality of research.


CINAHL (UPEI resource)

Limit by publication type

CINAHL lets you limit by publication type

CINAHL allows the user to limit their searches to publication types including systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials, clinical trials, case studies, and others. 



Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association) Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines
Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines are a series of guiding statements and treatment algorithms which are developed using a systematic process for identifying, analyzing and synthesizing scientific evidence. They are designed to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate nutrition care for specific disease states or conditions in typical settings.

Metasearch EBP engines

The TRIP Database is a clinical search engine designed to allow clinicians to quickly find answers to their clinical questions using the best available evidence.


SUMSearch simultaneously searches for original studies, systematic reviews, and practice guidelines from multiple sources. Searches for studies are revised up to 6 times as needed, while guidelines and systematic reviews may be revised once each. Results from PubMed, Dare, and NGC are merged and sorted.

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