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NURS 826 / 899B: Evidence Based Nursing

Regulatory info, clinical trials, and U.S. Government resources

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Clinical and statistical reviews can provide information on directions for use, efficacy & effectiveness, and safety.  Some of the more commonly searched resources are listed below, grouped geographically and then by scope of coverage (American, European, Canadian).

Regulatory Information - FDA

FDA resources are some of the main resources to search for grey literature, particularly for documents about unpublished clinical trials.  The most commonly searched resources are Drugs@FDA and Devices@FDA.  See Paynter's guide for specifics on what and how to search these sites.     

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Trial registries can be used to search for protocols and to identify unpublished studies and outcomes.  Resources with the broadest global perspective are listed first.  

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Government documents contain many grey literature documents.  The first three resources are the most commonly searched.

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