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Definition (Synopses of single studies)

A thumbnail version of the 6s pyramid with the blue Synopses of Single Studies level highlighted.

Synopses of Single Studies

As with the synopses of syntheses, the synopsis of a single study provides a brief, but often sufficiently detailed, summary of a high-quality study that can inform clinical practice. These synopses are also found in the evidence-based abstraction journals and are accompanied by commentaries that address the clinical applicability of the study findings.

DiCenso, A., Bayley, L., & Haynes, B. (2009). Accessing pre-appraised evidence: fine tuning the 5S model into a 6S model. Evidence-Based Nursing, 12(4), 99-101.

 

Synopses of Single Studies

Depending on the type of question you are asking, the best evidence to answer your question will be different- see PICO concept map for types of questions and best evidence to answer them.

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Systems is the top level of the 6s pyramid. Example: evidence-based clinical information system. This level of the pyramid is grey on the image being described.
Summaries are the second level from the top of the 6s pyramid. Examples: practice guideline, evidence summary. This level of the pyramid is yellow on the image being described.
Synopses of syntheses are the third level from the top of the 6s pyramid. Example: pre-appraised systematic review. This level of the pyramid is pale red on the image being described.
Syntheses are the fourth level from the top of the 6s pyramid. Example: systematic review. This level of the pyramid is pink on the image being described.
Synopses of single studies are the second level from the bottom of the 6s pyramid. Example: pre-appraised single study. This level of the pyramid is blue on the image being described.
Single studies is the bottom level of the 6s pyramid. Example: randommized controlled trial, cohort study. This level of the pyramid is green on the image being described.

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