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Nurse Practitioner-Mental Health Library Guide

Definition (Background Information)

Background Information

Background questions are considerably broader and when answered, provide general knowledge. For example, a background question such as, "What therapies reduce postoperative pain?" can generally be answered by looking in a textbook.

Stillwell, S. B., Fineout-Overholt, E., Melnyk, B. M., & Williamson, K. M. (2010). Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step: Asking the Clinical Question: A Key Step in Evidence-Based Practice. AJN, American Journal of Nursing, 110(3), 58-61.

*** Depending on your question, you may also answer background questions using narrative reviews, statistics, or government resources. ***

NP Mental Health Background Information

The best place to start is your course books


Additional course books:

  • Straus, S.E., Glasziou, P., Richardson, W.S., Haynes R.B.(2019) Evidence-based medicine: How to practice and teach EBM (5th ed.) Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0-7020-6296-4
  • Buttaro & all. (2017) Primary Care: A Collaborative Practice. (5th ed.) Elsevier.
  • Casanova, R.(2018) Beckmann and Ling's Obstetrics and Gynecology(8th ed). LWW
  • Dunphy & all. (2015) Primary Care: The Art and Science of Advance Practice Nursing. (4th ed.) Fa.Davis.
  • Harper A.H. (2016) Basic Ophthalmology: Essentials for Medical Students (10th ed). AAO.
  • Nussbaum A.M. (2013) The Pocket Guide to the DSM-V Diagnostic Exam. APA Publishing.


See Nursing Subject Guide for more nursing books.


Clinical Key is a resource you can use to search additional textbooks:


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