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Find answers to the question "What works?" in medical and health care.
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Databases,Tutorials, & Internet Resources

Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice Tutorial  Self-paced tutorial developed by Connie Schardt, AHIP, FMLA, Medical Center Library, Duke University, Durham, NC, and Jill Mayer, AHIP, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.

Viva La Evidence - James McCormack, Pharmacy Professor at the University of British Columbia, wrote a great song about using the Evidence!

Databases Offering Online Access to Medical Evidence : Informational webliography from Cochrane. Some are free and some are fee-based. Not all are available through WSU.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews    
      Cochrane Library Tutorial (5.5 minutes) 

      Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses : Brief explanation from the Cochrane Collaboration

DARE (Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects) : Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, National Institute for Health Research, University of York, UK. The Centre has played a leading role in the development and promotion of evidence informed decision making in health policy and practice. DARE complements the Cochrane Database by quality-assessing and summarizing reviews that have not yet been carried out by Cochrane.

National Guideline Clearinghouse - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
      National Guideline Clearinghouse Tutorial  (3 minutes)

      Defining Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines

AHRQ Effective Health Care Program develops a wide array of products from its patient centered outcomes research. These products include tools and resources to help consumers, clinicians, policymakers, and others make more informed health care decisions. The Program also produces products for researchers and others interested in the systematic study of evidence and research methods.

PubMed Health from the National Library of Medicine  Reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports. Clinical effectiveness research finds answers to the question "What works?" in medical and health care.

PubMed (National Library of Medicine)  

In PubMed, systematic reviews cover a broad set of articles that build consensus on biomedical topics. Systematic Reviews is available on result sets as a filter under article types, as well as a selection on the Clinical Queries page.

1.  Click Clinical Queries from the PubMed homepage or from the advanced search more resources menu.
2.  Enter search terms in the search box, and then click Search.

CINAHL Nursing & Allied Health Database

CINAHL includes Evidence-Based Care Sheets -- summaries on specific key topics. Each evidence-based care sheet incorporates the latest evidence, statistics, research and references on a given topic. The references are ranked, using a coding matrix, according to the type of literature they represent (systematic reviews, meta-analysis, etc).  Browse the list of Evidence-based Care Sheets from the blue toolbar at the top of the page.

CINAHL also features the "Special Interest" limiter, "Evidence-Based Practice." When applied, the Evidence-Based Practice limiter searches the Special Interest field for the value "Evidence-Based Practice." Applying this limiter allows you to limit results to:

    • Articles from evidence-based practice journals
    • Articles about evidence-based practice
    • Research articles (including systematic reviews, clinical trials, meta analyses, etc.)
    • Commentaries on research studies applying practice to research

BMJ Clinical Evidence   Subscription-based service, with some free samples (WSU does not subscribe to full access).
      BMJ Clinical Evidence Tutorial  for UW users (3 minutes) 

Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine  Provides evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. For each therapy covered by Natural Standard, a research team gathers scientific data and expert opinions. Validated rating scales are used to evaluate the quality of available evidence. Information is incorporated into comprehensive monographs which are designed to facilitate clinical decision making. All monographs undergo blinded editorial and peer review prior to inclusion in Natural Standard databases. Contains various databases: Foods, herbs & supplements; Health & wellness; Comparative effectiveness; Medical conditions; Genomics & proteomics; Environment & global health; Brand names.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database  Unbiased, scientific clinical information on complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies. Reviews herbal remedies, dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, and other natural products. Each product monograph and its associated Safety Ratings, Effectiveness Ratings, and Interaction Ratings is supported by the best available scientific evidence.

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