Evidence synthesis is a very important aspect of evidence-based veterinary medicine. It involves finding the relevant evidence, appraising it, and, finally, combining it into a form that can be used in clinical decision-making.
To be able to synthesise evidence effectively we need to:
• Find the best ways of searching for existing veterinary evidence
• Establish the quality of the existing evidence
• Improve the way in which evidence is reported in the scientific literature
• Collate evidence into a useable form (for example systematic reviews and BestBETs for Vets)
• Develop methods for delivering high quality, relevant evidence to clinicians
The CEVM has undertaken a number of projects to develop a toolkit for evidence synthesis and therefore aid the effectively delivery of evidence to practitioners.