Reviewing the Search Results
Appraise that evidence for its validity (closeness
to the truth) and applicability (usefulness
in clinical practice to a particular patient)
In our search for "stroke" in DynaMed in the previous unit we found a conclusion about oral
nutritional supplements based on a (level 1 [likely reliable] evidence) study published in Lancet.
Since the validity of this study has been pre-assessed by the editors of DynaMed, this saves us a
lot of time. Having received a level 1 assessment this study meets our criteria for validity.
We can now consider the applicability question. If DynaMed's summary does not give
enough data to answer this question, then clicking on the EBSCOhost Full Text link after the Lancet
source statement will display the full text article which contains all essential data of the study.
We now go to Returning to the Patient