Critically Appraised Topics

Critically appraised topics (CAT) are valuable tools for providers. Unlike a clinical practice guideline, a CAT answers one specific question. The EBP process starts with the submission of a specific question that emerges from a business or practice scenario. Medical librarians develop a search strategy and the question originator determines which scientific literature will be appraised and evaluated for validity and applicability. The Office of EBP will appraise, evaluate, and synthesize the literature that answers the specific question. Upon completion the CAT will be placed on the CPG website and sent back to the question originator to support or change current practice.

Business CATs:

  • What is the effect of electromagnetic interference (EMI) on medical devices? EMI Summary 09 2012
  • What aspects of a Newly Licensed Registered Nurse Residency Program (NLRNRP) are instrumental in the transition and integration of NLRNs into the professional practice role evidenced by nurses' retention rates, competence and job satisfaction? NLRNRP Summary 11 2012

Clinical CATs:

  • In children, does Red Dye 40 versus no Red Dye 40 cause behavioral changes? Red Dye 40 Nov 2011
  • In children, is it beneficial to purchase organic foods versus conventionally grown foods in terms of (a) improved nutrient quality, (b) decreased exposure to pesticides, (c) behavior changes, or (d) environmental impact of food production? OrganicFoods Jan 2012
  • What is the efficacy of treating a child with hypercholesterolemia with dietary stanols and/ or dietary sterols? Stanols Sterols Summary 08 2012
  • Does breast feeding (BF) protect against overweight or obesity? BF Obesity Summary 06 2013
  • Is constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) more effective in developing fine motor skills in children with hemi-paresis than traditional therapies?Is CIMT group therapy more effective in developing fine motor skills in children with hemi-paresis than individual CIMT?  CIMT Sept 2013
  • Review of Artificial Sweeteners. Artificial Sweeteners Summary 11 2013
  • In the child with an irritable hip (limping, refusing to walk) should (a) an ultrasound,  (b) a clinical decision rule, or (c) magnetic resonance imaging be obtained to identify children with high likelihood of septic arthritis? Musculoskeletal 9 2014
  • In children with elevated blood lipids should omega-3 fatty acid (n3 FA) supplementation versus not supplementing with n3 FA are differences seen in serum total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol,or triglycerides? Synopsis Omega 3 August 21 2014 Final Corrected Sept 15 2014
  • When cleaning endoscopes, is ReSert XL HDL (2.0%) vs. OPA Cidex more efficacious in terms of residual bacteria? Specific Care Question Endoscope Disinfection Summary Final 2 2 15
  • For the child with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), is aquatic therapy efficacious in improving functional ability? Aquatic Therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Final Feb 24 2015

Patient Safety CATs:

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