This website offers freely-available access to a range of resources developed by iCAHE over time. These resources have come from projects that iCAHE researchers have conducted and from requests for information from clients, collaborators and associates. This page contains links to an ongoing and constantly evolving collection of resources designed to promote the continual improvement of quality and safety of allied health care, that is at the heart of all iCAHE activities.
Critical Appraisal Tools: Critical appraisal is an integral process in Evidence Based Practice. Critical appraisal aims to identify methodological flaws in the literature and provide consumers of research evidence the opportunity to make informed decisions about the quality of research evidence. iCAHE has collated a list of critical appraisal tools, linked to the websites where they were developed which will be updated as new critical appraisal tools are published.
Glossary of terms: Stakeholders in health care are often confronted with many terms in evidence based practice (EBP). Recognising there is a need to provide clarity for these commonly used terms iCAHE is please to present two glossaries. The first glossary provides an overview of commonly used terms in Evidence Based Practice. The second glossary takes a specialised approach to Knowledge Translation. These will be regularly updated as to provide a dynamic resources for all Allied Health stakeholders.
Guideline Clearinghouse: The iCAHE Guideline Clearinghouse is a resource for Allied Health focused Clinical Guidelines. The iCAHE guideline checklist can provide clinicians with a quick way of appraising the methodological quality of a clinical guideline (see validation paper here). It consists of 14 questions important to guideline construction and can be used either as a checklist or a total score.
iCAHE Journal Club Critical Appraisal Library: As part of the Journal Clubs that are run at iCAHE, a large volume of Critical Appraisal Summaries (CA Summaries) of published literature are created. These are useful resources to all stakeholders and as such we provide a library of all summaries. For each summary, iCAHE provides the citation details and methodological quality of the study identified to address the clinical question developed by the journal club.
iCAHE Outcome Calculators: An outcome measure is a diagnostic tool to measure performance, ability, or function of an individual. They are valuable tools for healthcare professionals to engage in the recovery, rehabilitation and return to work of injured individuals. The outcome measures contained within the iCAHE Outcomes Calculator Version 5 have been selected on their psychometric properties (validity, reliability, sensitivity to detect change over time and clinical utility for patient populations with peripheral joint disorders). The calculator is currently undergoing updates and a new version will be available in early 2017.
iCAHE textbooks: iCAHE has two textbooks available for sale. Practical Tips in Finding the Evidence, written by 22 authors from Australia, the Philippines and New Zealand, is a step by step guide for clinicians and students. Readers will be guided through framing a clinical question, sourcing research evidence, evaluating evidence for quality and validity, and implementing research into clinical practice (demonstrated through practical examples and case studies). Practical Tips for Using and Developing Guidelines, discusses theoretical aspects of guidelines including appraisal and development and then explores the practical implications of finding and interpreting guidelines across a range of clinical scenarios, such as ‘What do we do when all the guidelines we find are of poor quality?’ or ‘can’t be readily applied to our clinical situation?’ or ‘there are so many guidelines that we don’t know how to choose?’
Useful Websites: iCAHE provides links to organisations or resources that have similar interests to that of iCAHE. We hope they prove useful.
iCAHE Learning Hub: The iCAHE learning hub is the starting point for a range of self-directed, open access learning resources aimed to introduce you to, or expand your knowledge of, evidence-based practice (EBP). This section of the iCAHE website provides you with tutorials, podcasts, examples and booklets that you can work through at your own pace and in a manner best suited to your learning style.
International Centre for Allied Health Evidence
University of South Australia
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Adelaide SA Australia 5000
Telephone: +61 8 8302 2072
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