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SHIRP: Evidence Based Practice

Homepage for the Saskatchewan Health Information Resources Program (SHIRP)


CADTH is an independent, not-for-profit organization responsible for providing health care decision-makers with objective evidence to help make informed decisions about the optimal use of health technologies, including drugs, diagnostic tests, medical, dental, and surgical devices and procedures.

In addition to evidence, they also provide advice, recommendations, and tools.

Evidence Based Practice Resources

Clinical practice guidelines (CPG's) are developed statements to assist practitioner decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances. They can be used to reduce variations in practice and promote the delivery of high-quality, evidence based care. 
 Some CPG's are available as apps for mobile devices. See the Apps for Mobile Devices page for links.


  • JAMAevidence is a digital platform offered in conjunction with JAMA designed to teach students, Residents, practicing Physicians and other health care professionals how to acquire and apply evidence in a clinical setting. There are three cornerstone textbooks as well as downloadable powerpoint slides, calculators, critical appraisal worksheets and audio

  • ​Goldet, G; Howick, J., Understanding GRADE: an introduction. Journal of evidence-based medicine 2013, 6(1):50-4. PMID: 23557528 - request full text article - when the request page opens, click on "request via local document delivery system".

  • Di Censo, A; Bayley, L.; Haynes, R. Brian, Accessing pre-appraised evidence: fine tuning the 5S model into a 6S model. Evid Based Nurs 2009; 12(4):99-101. HTML version. PDF version

  • Windish, D. Searching for the right evidence: how to answer your clinical questions using the 6S hierarchy. Evid Based Med 2013 Jun; 18(3):93-7. PMID 2304819. HTML version PDF version

Summarized information on conditions, diseases, topics, interventions is readily available to help you save time when looking for answers to clinical questions.
Authoritative experts search, appraise and synthesize information from the medical literature using evidence-based criteria. The information is updated to help you stay current with the latest research and often includes links to published reviews. 
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SHIRP Office
Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library, University of Saskatchewan,
104 Clinic Place, Saskatoon, SK S7N 2Z4
(306) 966-8290