“The process of finding, appraising, distilling and disseminating the best available evidence, whether from research or actual practice, and using that evidence to inform and improve public health policy and practice.”1
The resources listed on this page are just one piece of Evidence-Informed Public Health. Other types of evidence include
grey literature, data, statistics, word of mouth and personal experience.
1. Source: Ciliska D, Chociolko C, Shum M; National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools; National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health. Evidence-informed decision-making in environmental health. Vancouver, BC: National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health; 2010.
are regularly updated clinical guidelines or textbooks that integrate evidence-based information about specific clinical problems.
Synopses of syntheses, summarize the information found in systematic reviews. By drawing conclusions from evidence at lower levels of the pyramid, these synopses often provide sufficient information to support decision-making.
Commonly referred to as a systematic review, a synthesis is a comprehensive summary of all the evidence surrounding a specific research question.
Synopses of single studies summarize evidence from high-quality studies. The following evidence-based abstract journals are the best place to find this type of information:
Studies represent unique research conducted to answer specific clincial questions.
Meta-Searches search for evidence across multiple resources. These tools return information from all levels of the pyramid: