Appendix 4: Obesity in Canada – Resources

Appendix 4. Resources

Canadian Best Practices Portal
Developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the CBPP allows the user to search among more than 300 evaluated programs and interventions related to public and population health, and is sortable by population, health outcome or related determinants of health.

Cochrane Reviews
The Cochrane Collaboration is an international, not-for-profit, independent organization that focuses on creating evidence in the field of health care. It is a resource for finding systematic reviews produced by health care professionals on clinical trials and other research related to health care interventions. The database offers free access to abstracts and plain language summaries of systematic reviews that highlight the effectiveness of health care interventions covering a wide variety of topics.

Evidence Informed Public Health Tools
Developed by the National Collaborating Centre-Methods and Tools (NCC-MT), this site covers the various stages of evidence-informed public health planning, including defining the issue, searching for evidence, critically appraising your findings, synthesizing information, adapting to your local situation/context, implementing programming and evaluating results. There are a number of useful links to aid in the location, appraisal and use of evidence.

Health Evidence
Health Evidence is a free online registry designed to provide high-quality research evidence to public health decision-makers. Through this site, users can locate references to systematic reviews and meta-analyses gathered through a comprehensive search of electronic databases, journal tables of contents and reference lists. All reviews in the online registry have been screened for relevance to public health and appraised for quality.

Public Health +
Operated by the McMaster Health Knowledge Refinery, Public Health + is an online resource containing articles from over 140 medical and allied health academic journals that have been critically appraised for methodological soundness. Those selected are listed in a searchable archive.

Pubmed – Clinical Queries
A publicly accessible search engine that enables users to search for systematic reviews, meta-analyses, clinical trial reviews, evidence-based medicine, conferences and guidelines related to clinical studies.

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