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Inpatient Consult Liaison Psychiatry Rounds: Choosing a Resource

Library resources, services, and information for C-L Psych Rounds.
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These are good for:

  • Finding recommended diagnostic and treatment methods from professional associations and influential institutions
  • Finding evidence based recommendations, depending on the method used to create the guideline

Pyramid of Evidence

The 6S Hierarchy below is meant to illustrate which types of resources/interfaces are the most efficient/effective for finding high quality evidence.  You would start out looking for the most pre-processed information (where someone has already done the reading, critical appraisal, synthesizing, etc.), only moving towards original research as your question continues to go unanswered.  For a more detailed pyramid, including lists of resources that fall into the different levels, see the links below.

6S Hierarchy



Evidence based textbooks

These are good for:

  • background information
  • speedy answers

Synopses of Systematic Reviews

These are good for getting the short version of a systematic review's findings along with a critical appraisal of their methods

Systematic Reviews

These are good for:

  • finding out what "the research" says as a whole
  • potentially finding more recent information than textbooks

Databases of journal citations

These are good for:

  • finding current/original research
  • finding non-Cochrane, non-Campbell systematic reviews
  • finding answers to obscure questions not addressed in systematic reviews or textbooks