My search proved to be beneficial in finding relevant information and research regarding my PICOT question (In postmenopausal women (P), does performing exercises, taking supplements, and keeping a healthy diet (I), rather than receiving hormonal therapy (C), lead to lessened diagnoses of osteoporosis (O) over a 2-year period (T)?). I was also able to determine which databases would be the most useful and efficient. The CINAHL database’s CINAHL Subject Heading search found excellent articles about osteoporosis management in postmenopausal women, but I had a hard time trying to get the database to recognize that I was asking for articles that were about osteoporosis only in postmenopausal women; it was only giving me articles about managing osteoporosis in all groups. For this reason, I liked PubMed’s MESH search and the TRIP database’s keyword search better. Also, I liked the Cochrane library’s mesh search, but it’s keyword search did not give me results that were applicable to my question. Dynamed’s database did not allow me to specify my search as much as I would have liked. South University’s Library was helpful and I liked the EBSCO setup. Therefore, when conducting research, these databases will most likely be helpful to me in acquiring information that supports my PICOT question.
Finding and using reliable, credible information to support clinical decision-making and to meet expectations for evidence-based practice is challenging. The use of current, relevant, and appropriate evidence based practices are important to provide the best care available to patients and necessary directions for the future. To do this, finding appropriate research can be overwhelming without building a research strategy. Learning to use relevant electronic databases enables us to examine evidenced based research in a systematic way and find areas that need to be further studied. Also, this helps to implement the necessary interventions for the future (Hopia & Heikkilä 2019). This assignment helped me to use a database appropriately and find good research articles that will help to answer my PICOT question.