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ABOUT... EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE
by Kathleen Crea, MLS, 6th Year, AHIP
Information & Education Services Librarian
The worldwide trend towards developing standardized criteria,
filters, guidelines and meta-analysis tools to support clinical decision-making
continued to proliferate in 2002. Highlighted below is an eclectic (and
necessarily brief) list of Evidence-Based Medicine websites, journals
or subscription products available to the UCHC community.
Our OVID database subscription provides access
for Health Center users to the Cochrane Library, a multi-part collection
of systematic reviews of current medical research. To get to Cochrane,
connect to our Databases page, at http://libdatabase.uchc.edu/databases/databases.asp
then click on "OVID". Once in OVID, choose "All EBM
Reviews" to search by clinical topic. For more information on
what the Cochrane Library is and how to use it, go directly to the
Cochrane Collaboration site (U.K.) at http://www.cochrane.org/
Highwire Press offers a list of journals available
through their site, selected by frequency of articles covering topics
on "Evidence-Based Practice": http://highwire.stanford.edu/lists/allsites.dtl?view=by+topic
Once there, go to Medical Sciences and click on "Evidence Based
Practice" for a list of 130+ journal titles (which is updated
British Medical Journal has been a forerunner
in educating clinicians about applying principals of evidence-based
medicine. A series of classic articles - such as "How to Read
A Paper" - are available (for free) from http://bmj.com/collections/read.shtml
The Library subscribes to two online specialty
journals which focus on EBM:
On my "Big List" of links, there are
10+ EBM links from worldwide academic institutions, at http://library.uchc.edu/eduoff/sites.html
... click on "evidence based medicine". I especially recommend
a site from the U.K., Netting the Evidence, a truly comprehensive
educational site for tutorials, methods and background papers on EBM.
Finally, in September 2002, the Library began subscriptions
to two renowned clinical databases that emphasize EBM filters: Up
To Date and InfoRetriever. For more on these new resources, check
out the New Databases article in this issue of UPDATE.