A critically appraised topic (or CAT) is a short summary of evidence on
a topic of interest, usually focussed around a clinical question. A CAT
is like a shorter and less rigorous version of a systematic review,
summarising the best available research evidence on a topic.
This is a creation, storage and retrieval facility for a collection
of Critically Appraised Topics (CATs) from the Oxford Centre for Evidence-based
Medicine. You can browse CATs and NNTs (Number Needed to Treat). Information
for getting a copy of CATmaker shareware is available on the page.
Contains abstracts of systematic
reviews and randomized controlled trials relevant to occupational therapy.
Trials have been critically appraised and rated to assist you to evaluate their
validity and interpretability.
An index to the periodicals of the
Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Now -1998-present. Membership is required to access the periodicals but
individual papers can be purchased and downloaded as pdfs.
Information Gateway provides
relevant links to evidence-based practice.
The "tools and
resources" section helps to guide the clinician through the evidence-based
A project of the Centre of
Evidence-Based Physiotherapy (Cochrane Collaboration), this is a searchable
database of randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews and practice
guidelines in physiotherapy.
PsycBITE is a free evidence
database that catalogues studies of cognitive, behavioural and other treatments
for psychological problems and issues occurring as a consequence of acquired
Types of studies are: systematic
reviews, RCTS, non-RCTs, case series, and single case experimental designs.