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William Osler Health System - Resources for Evidence Based Practice: EBP Databases

Evidence-Based Practice Resources


Evidence-Based Resources Databases

Where to look?

When looking for evidence - use a database (start with MEDLINE):

√  PubMed or Ovid Medline – references in medicine, nursing, public and allied health includes Cochrane

√  Cochrane or DARE Database of Abstracts of Review of Effect – home of the systematic reviews

√  CINAHL –references in nursing and allied health

UpToDate or National Guideline Clearinghouse - critically appraised topics

Looking for background information?

            √  UpToDate

            √  Access Medicine

            √  Textbooks – browse eBooks on library page or search library catalogue or check print at your local library

Looking for that one perfect article?

            √ PubMed using keywords

Resources listed in this section provide some type of evidence based analysis, synthesis and/or summary of a particular topic, study or question that will aid in evidence based decision making.

Primary Literature

The databases listed below include primary literature sources such as journal articles that report the results of a research study or case studies. It's up to the clinician to appraise the literature quality and validity.

Evidence Based Clinical Guidelines Databases

Clinical practice guidelines address screening, diagnosis, and treatment of disease relevant to internal medicine and its subspecialties. They are based on systematic review of the available evidence.

Background Information / Expert Opinion

Background resources provide an overview of a diseases or conditions, that includes what is generally known and accepted. For  example textbooks or review articles on a topic. The publication date and currency is important.