"Evidence based medicine is the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research. " (Sackett 1996)
This page features a selected list of evidence based databases, clinical summary tools, guidelines, and clinical trials resources that are suggested as starting points in the application of evidence based medicine.
To learn more about evidence based medicine see the Evidence Based Medicine Guide created by UAMS Library staff and based on the EBM Bootcamp materials provided by Deborah Fiser, M.D., Director, Center for Evidence Based Medicine at UAMS.
To learn more about the application of evidence based medicine and education of students refer to JAMAevidence.
Sackett, D., et. al. (1996) Evidence based medicine: What it is and what it isn't. BMJ 312:71-72.
Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects.
PubMed Medline Clinical Queries
Quickly identify evidence based articles on a topic including systematic reviews, using this filter from PubMed. Systematic reviews,including Cochrane reviews, are included in a separate section .
TRIP (Turning Research Into Practice) Database
Simultaneously search for systematic reviews, practice guidelines, medical image databases, e-textbooks, etc.
BestBETs (Best Evidence Topics)
BETs were developed in the Emergency Department of Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK, to provide rapid evidence-based answers to real-life clinical questions, using a systematic approach to reviewing the literature.
Clinical Key - First Consult (mobile access available)
Medical search engine that searches for information contained in more than 1100 ebooks and 650 journals. Enter your search term and check First Consult box on the left.
Essential Evidence Plus
Evidence-based, point-of-care clinical decision support system that gives you access to over 13,000 topics, guidelines, abstracts, and summaries.
theNNT (Number Needed to Treat) – theNNT offers a measurement of the impact of a medicine or therapy by estimating the number of patients that need to be treated in order to have an impact on one person. It is maintained by a group of physicians using a framework and rating system to evaluate therapies based on their patient-important benefits and harms.
UpToDate (mobile app available)
Concise topic reviews of published evidence with recommendations for patient care. Features over 10,000 topics in over 22 specialties and can be narrowed to pediatric or adult topics.
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