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Contributor’s Role (Author, Librarian, Editor, Peer Reviewer), Names and email
Example: Author: Katie Smith Email: [email protected]
The question you are answering should go here. Any modifications to the question
must be approved by the Editor-in-Chief, and the librarian co-author must be notified.
Evidence-Based Answer 50-100 words
The EBA is the bottom-line conclusion based on the best available evidence.
Each recommendation in the EBA should be one sentence, with 3 to 5 sentences in
With rare exception, each sentence should be followed by a Strength of
Recommendation (SOR) of A, B, or C, followed by the reason for the designation
(Ex: SOR = A, based on a well done meta-analysis; or SOR = C, based on
pathophysiologic reasoning, case series and clinical opinion). The SOR should be
derived from the Level of Evidence (LOE) from the sources you use.
Evidence Summary 300-350 words
This section should explain the evidence-based answer and support the answer with
available and pertinent evidence.
Present patient-oriented outcome data such as pain, functional status, quality of life,
or morbidity and mortality.
The evidence summary should contain 3 to 5 paragraphs. In general, each
paragraph in the summary should relate to one of the sentences in the answer. Each
paragraph should describe in detail 1 or 2 of the studies (evidence sources) used.
Typically, authors can describe each study in a few sentences. If you are over the
word count, consider presenting the data in a table. This can leave more room to
describe the actual studies.
Recommendations from Others 75-125 words (OPTIONAL)
Give recommendations from guidelines, consensus statements, or textbooks. Please
cite your key reference in your reference list. Order of preference for
1. DHHS guidelines.
2. National Medical Society Guidelines.
3. National Advocacy Groups.
4. Frequently Updated and Well Referenced Electronic Knowledge
Authors (Clinician, Co-author, Librarian co-author)
Names, Degrees
City, State (unless included in affiliation, such as University of Missouri-Columbia).
References 10 maximum
Max of 10 references, cited in the order in which they are cited, not alphabetically.
Format references according to AMA style. Go to www.fpin.org/page/ciresources,
and download document 213 Citation Examples for help.
Cite the key original research articles from which the evidence is summarized,
including meta-analyses. If more original research articles are summarized than can
be cited, a review article citing those research articles may be cited; otherwise, do
not cite review articles.
In general, avoid reference citations in the Evidence-Based Answer section – the
citations can be put in the Evidence Summary section.
Each reference should have a Level of Evidence after it in parentheses. Ex: (LOE:
Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals, using a
Do not use embedded footnotes
A small table or figure should be included on a separate page at end of CI (unless
not appropriate for topic). Including a table or figure allows readers to quickly scan
information, such as the results in the Evidence Summary. Avoid duplicating material
in the text and table.
Title each table and figure. If there is more than one table or figure, number them in
the title. (For example, “Table 1. Likelihood ratios for serum iron and ferritin in
patients with anemia.”
Authors should obtain permission from authors and publishers for the use of quotes,
tables, and other materials taken from previously published works not in the public
domain. Copy and paste electronic letters of permission into a page at the end of
your CI. Please mention the original source in the figure legend or table footnote.
Word Count
Indicate the total number of words here. A count of 750 words, including references,
is the goal.
Submission of Manuscripts
Submit a Word document using Times New Roman 12 pt, double-spaced, with the
headings in bold.
CI Quick Facts:
For faculty with protected time to write
Take about 40-50 hours over 9-12 months, however can take longer
Published in The Journal of Family Practice, American Family Physician, and
Evidence-Based Practice