The Cumulated Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) is a bibliographic database containing references to research papers and book chapters relevant to nursing and other health professions such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, nutrition, speech sciences and audiology. Similar to Medline it has a more psychosocial focus. It is the premier database for occupational therapy as it covers all the major journals in this field and uses highly relevant subject headings.
We have created a guide that will introduce you to the CINAHL database and its tools and techniques. By following the guided steps you will learn efficient and effective methods for finding relevant information quickly. It will also prepare you for the workshop.
Before the class on October 12th, please review the following 5 modules (estimated time 20-30 minutes):
After completing the modules in the CINAHL Guided Exercise, consider using these tips:
Finding information about theoretical models:
Using an alternative framework to PICO,
Some useful subject headings (MH) for papers about:
Search for specific instruments or measurements (e.g. pain assessment)