Answered By: Linda Kern Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016 Views: 8
We have a ton of information in cardiovascular disease.
I suggest you click to the Nursing LibGuide and use the resources there. Begin with the gold Articles tab. Here you'll see information divided by its intended audience. The sources in the Nursing Articles / Nursing Journals box are primarily written for an audience of medical professionals. The sources in the Information for Patients box is of course written for everyday people like you and me. Both sets of resources are of very high quality, so you can be comfortable that either will meet the quality requirements of the assignment.
I would start in the Information for Patients box, with Consumer Health Complete, a database that includes a variety of resources such as reports, encyclopedias, fact sheets, and articles. You will be asked to log in with your 6 digit ID number and your user name, which is the first part of your email address, before the @ symbol.
You could search cardiovascular disease. The results page will have a series of tabs across the top:
- Evidence-Based Reports - definitions, causes, risk factors, and more
- Encyclopedias - medical encyclopedias with in-depth information
- Reference Books - chapters from factual books covering all aspects of cardiovascular disease
- Fact Sheets & Pamphlets - handouts on specific aspects of the disease
- News & Magazines - in this case, articles from respected scientific journals
Each tab will allow you to Narrow Results by Subject using the left side toolbar.
If you need further information, head back to the LibGuide and click through to Medline Plus, a web site of the National Institutes of Health. CINAHL Plus is also available. It is highly technical medical literature. If you have a medical background it may be useful. If you search CINAHL, I suggest that you scroll down the search page to the Publication Type box and select Consumer/Patient Teaching Materials to limit the results. If you choose not to limit to consumer and patient teaching materials, add another term to the search to get a manageable number of results. The search could be "cardiovascular disease" AND risk, or maybe "cardiovascular disease" AND diabetes, or perhaps "cardiovascular disease" AND prevention, or any other relevant combination of terms.
This is a very timely topic given the epidemic of cardiovascular disease.