Charts Charts, including graphs and diagrams, are probably the most versatile type of demonstrative exhibit. Charts can be used to summarize major points or list key facts, and can be used effectively during opening statement, testimony, and summation.
But what does an LOE rating tell you? The strongest levels of evidence are at the top of the hierarchy.
Anytime we consult the literature to answer a clinical question, we must evaluate the quality of the study. Once we critically appraise a study, the quality of the evidence is graded according to an established scale or hierarchy.
Level of evidence scales are rating scales. The higher the evidence is in the hierarchy, the stronger the evidence. Randomized controlled trials RCTs are the strongest research designs for treatment or intervention studies because they exert the most control over the methods.
More control means there is less of a chance of systematic or random error and therefore, the results are considered more trustworthy. However, not all RCTs are well-conducted nor always reported in the literature with the level of detail needed to critique the quality of the study; therefore, it can be difficult to decide whether the results can be believed and used in clinical practice.
Because summaries contain evidence from the lower levels of the hierarchy, including RCTs and evidence syntheses, they are considered the highest form of evidence accessible to all clinicians. See my post on the 6S pyramid for more explanation. The strength of the evidence is usually designated with numbers e.
It just means that there are other study designs that are stronger because they afford more control for the researcher to reduce or eliminate bias. Also, know that there are poorly done RCTs — and they would be judged lower on the quality scale than a well-done observational study!
You might be asking why there is more than one levels of evidence hierarchy. Professional organizations frequently use their own scales e. In some scales, Level 1 evidence is the strongest evidence and in others, Level 5 is the strongest. Some LOE scales are based only on the research design and others provide levels identified by the judgment of the quality of the study itself.
Originally, levels of evidence systems were designed to assess the quality of intervention treatment studies only, but there are now levels of evidence scales for studies questioning etiology, diagnosis, prognosis, and harm. Just realize that a high level of evidence for a treatment study e.
Search for the highest level of evidence that matches your Clinical Question Sources: The important point for you to understand right now is that there is no commonly or universally used LOE scale!
So the caution here is to understand which LOE scale is being used for the article or source you are reading.
This information is usually found in the introduction or the methods section or identified in an evidence table. If you have to determine the level of evidence for studies you are reading for a school paper or project, the first thing to do is see if the instructor has prescribed a specific LOE scale to use in the assignment directions.
So check first before searching! If the instructor wants you to choose which scale to use, then you have a lot of choices. You want to use the scale that makes sense with the clinical question you are asking. Are you writing an evidence paper about medical or nursing interventions?
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Asking searchable, answerable clinical questions. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 2 3 Assessing the quality of research. British Medical Journal, Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.
Evidence-based practice in nursing and healthcare: A guide to best practice 3rd ed. Winona State University Library.You can limit your subject search results by study types to locate research based on level of evidence.
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