CINAHL (the Cumulative INdex to Nursing & Allied Health Literature) is your go-to database for locating respiratory care-related articles. Follow the 10-steps handout, drill down using subject headings and subheadings (plus the extensive limiters like publication date, peer-reviewed, age groups) to locate articles specific to clinical patients and scenarios.
This document follows the Research in 10 Steps using CINAHL handout utilizing a sample clinical scenario. It contains illustrated screen shots of the CINAHL database for each step to aid visual learners.
CINAHL Subject Headings
CINAHL headings are controlled vocabulary (subject headings) representing concepts allowing more thorough searches than if you just used keywords
For example, searching the CINAHL heading “myocardial infarction” finds articles containing all synonyms including Heart Attack; Infarction, Myocardial; Myocardiac Infarction; Myocardial Infarctions; Heart Attacks; Infarctions Myocardial; Myocardiac Infarctions; MI
To browse or search for specific CINAHL headings, click the CINAHL headings button located at the top of all CINAHL database pages