Evidence searching for evidence-based psychology practice


There is an increased awareness of evidence-based methodology among psychologists, but little exists in the literature about how to access the research. Moreover, the prohibitive cost of this information and limited time are barriers to the identification of evidence to answer clinical questions. This article presents an example of a question worked though in an evidence-based way. Methods are highlighted, including distinguishing background and foreground questions, breaking down questions into searchable statements, and adapting statements to suit both the question being asked and the resource being searched. A number of free, evidence-based resources are listed. Knowing how and where to access this information will enable practitioners to more easily use an evidence-based approach to their practice.

Note: In its “An Applied Example” section (pp. 553-554), this article explores how to use widely accessible databases to answer the question: “In people with PTSD, is eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) more effective than cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT) to improve symptoms and prevent recurrence?”






Louise Falzon
Karina W. Davidson
Daniel Bruns

Original Work Citation

Falzon, L., Davidson, K. W., & Bruns, D. (2010). Evidence searching for evidence-based psychology practice. Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, 41(6), 550-557. doi:10.1037/a0021352



“Evidence searching for evidence-based psychology practice,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed July 4, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/20597.

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