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CPSY 214: Evidence-Based Therapy

Sample Searches in APA PsycInfo

Sample Searches for Evidence Based Therapy

These searches were conducted in the APA PsychInfo database and are limited to peer reviewed articles. At the bottom of the page I converted the third search into a format you can use in PubMed.

Search 1: General
line 1: ptsd or posttraumatic (subject)
line 2: treatment or therapy or psychotherapy or counseling or intervention (subject)
line 3: evidence or "best practices" (abstract)

This search retrieved 2,094 citations.


Search 2: Limit to Empirical Studies
line1: ptsd or posttraumatic (subject)
line 2: cbt or cognitive behavior* (subject)
line 3: evidence or "best practices" (abstract)

Under Methodology options, choose "empirical study." This retrieved 187 peer reviewed articles. If you want to determine if anyone has done a literature review on your topic, you could choose "literature review" instead.


Search 3: Limit by Age Groups
line1: ptsd or posttraumatic (subject)
line 2: prolonged exposure therapy (subject)
line 3: evidence or "best practices" (abstract)

Under age groups I chose "middle age" and found 18 peer reviewed citations.


Search 4: Limiting by Behavioral Activation
line 1: depression (subject)
line 2: cbt or cognitive behavior* (subject)
line 3: behavioral activation (abstract)

This search retrieved 145 peer reviewed articles.


Sample PubMed Search
(ptsd or posttraumatic) and "prolonged exposure therapy" and (evidence or "best practices")

This search retrieved 94 citations.