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Table 1 Seven questions and clinical scenario from the Adapted Fresno Test

From: Providing education on evidence-based practice improved knowledge but did not change behaviour: a before and after study

  Question
Q1 Write a focused clinical question for ONE scenario to help you organise a search of the literature.
     Sample scenario: You have received a referral for a 38-year-old male client with chronic low back pain. He sustained his injury at work and is employed as a plumber. You are trying to decide if this man would benefit from using a TENS machine, in addition to attending a series of group education sessions on chronic pain management.
Q2 Where might you find answers to these and other similar clinical questions? Name as many possible sources of information as you can, not just the ones you thinks are good sources. Describe the most important advantages and disadvantages of each source listed.
Q3 What type of study (design) would best answer your clinical question and why?
Q4 If you were to search Medline for original research to answer your question, describe the search strategy you might use. Be as specific as you can about topics and search categories (fields) you would use. Explain your rationale. Describe how you might limit your search.
Q5 When you find a report of original research on this question or any others, what characteristics of the study will you consider to determine if it is relevant?
Q6 When you find a report of original research, what characteristics of the study will you consider to determine if its findings are valid?
Q7 When you find a report of original research, what characteristics of the study will you consider to determine magnitude and significance (clinical and statistical)?
  1. Note. TENS = transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation