Critically Appraised Topics (CAT) are valuable tools for providers. Unlike a clinical practice guideline, a CAT answers one specific question. The Evidence Based Practice (EBP) CAT development process follows:

  • Submission of a specific question that emerges from a business or practice scenario
  • Medical librarians develop a search strategy and perform a literature search
  • Question originator determines which scientific literature will be appraised and evaluated for validity and applicability; EBP Scholars analyze the identified scientific literature
  • EBP staff member synthesize the literature
  • CAT is categorized as a business, clinical, or patient safety CAT and placed on the evidence based practice website
  • CAT is sent back to the question originator to support or change current practice

  • More information about the Office of Evidence Based Practice at Children's Mercy Kansas City is available on their webpage.


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    Business Critically Appraised Topics

    Clinical Critically Appraised Topics

    Patient Safety Critically Appraised Topics