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Library & Knowledge Services: Updating a Policy

Evaluate what you find

Search strategy 101: Start here

Steps in updating a policy:

  1. Refer to the C+W Document Development Process for guidance.
  2. Check PHSA SHOP for any similar recently updated documents.
  3. Use Elsevier Clinical Skills for step-by-step descriptions of point of care skills and procedures.
  4. Search the literature for current research using the policy to be updated as a guide:
    • Use the references on the original policy as a starting point.
    • Start by searching for reviews on your topic in CINAHL or PubMed: systematic reviews, literature reviews, etc. For evidence syntheses, try JBI: Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database.
    • Try a grey literature search for similar clinical guidance: protocols, policies, pathways, evidence bundles in the Trip Database. These will not be indexed in a research database. 
  5. Need more help? Request a Literature Search by the clinical librarian.

Searching for Clinical Practice Guidelines

Research Databases:

Trip (limit search to Guidelines under "Evidence Type" on right-hand side)

PubMed (add "practice guideline"[pt] to limit search to the guideline publication type. Eg. autism AND "practice guideline"[pt])

SUMSearch2 (select "Guidelines" filter on Search Results page)


Guideline-specific Databases *please note: this is not an exhaustive list

CPG Infobase (Canadian Medical Association) 
Canadian Paediatric Society Position Statements and Practice Points
RNAO Guidelines (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario)
CADTH (Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health)
ECRI Guidelines Trust *note: free membership is required to access.
Guidelines International Network (G-I-N)
National Institute for Health Care Excellence (NICE)
Best Evidence Statements and Care Guidelines (BESt)
EPC Evidence-Based Practice Reports (AHRQ)  

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