Identifying Evidenced-Based Medicine Resources

Written by Carrie Price, Clinical Informationist with the Welch Medical Library

"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 DL, Rosenberg WM, Gray JA, Haynes RB, Richardson WS. Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't. BMJ. 1996 Jan 13;312(7023):71-2


When a clinician seeks evidence based medicine resources and critically appraises the evidence, he or she is able to make better and more informed decisions with regard to patient care.  Knowing how to locate and understand the highest quality evidence allows healthcare professionals to proceed with confidence.

That sounds great, right?  But with the amount of literature out there, how is one supposed to find evidence based resources?

The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is collection of 6 databases with highly-vetted, independent literature to inform healthcare decision making.  It includes a clinical trials register and a systematic review database.

PubMed Clinical Queries

PubMed Clinical Queries provides fast access to clinical studies and systematic reviews.  Find PubMed Clinical Queries on PubMed's home page under PubMed Tools.

Type your keywords into the search box.  Your results will be divided into three evidence based categories:  Clinical Study Categories, Systematic Reviews, and Medical Genetics.  Simply click "more" to view and save in your MyNCBI account.



TRIP, once known as "Turning Research Into Practice," uses an algorithm to collect high-quality evidence.  Type your keywords in the search box, and you will be presented with the results sorted by guidelines, controlled trials, systematic reviews, and more.

(Find these resources and more the Welch Library home page.)

Still curious?  Take a look at these guidelines to help with critical appraisal, and don't forget to check out the Welch Medical Library's Guide on Evidence Based Medicine.  And of course, you can find your informationist if you have more questions.

Carrie Price

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