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Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine
Evidence-based veterinary medicine 2. Identifying information needs and finding the evidence
  1. Peter Cockcroft

    Peter Cockcroft graduated from Cambridge in 1980. He is a senior lecturer in farrn animal medicine at the University of Cambridge and holds the RCVS Diploma in Cattle Health and Production. He is a coauthor of the 'Handbook of Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine', published by Blackwell Publishing.

  2. Mark Holmes

    Mark Holmes graduated from Cambridge in 1985 and is now a senior lecturer in preventive veterinary medicine at the University of Cambridge. He is a coauthor of the 'Handbook of Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine', and is currently Honorary Secretary of the BSAVA.


THE first article in this three-part series (In Practice, January 2004, pp 28-33) explained the importance of evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM) and described the range of skills required to practise it. The first step in the process of EBVM is to identify information needs and translate these needs into scientific questions. This article discusses how to do this, as well as how to locate sources of evidence and then search for evidence. Part 3, to be published in the next issue, will be concerned with appraising the evidence.

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