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Evidence Based Clinical Practice: EBCP Tools

This page provides information on locating and evaluating literature used to support evidence based practice.


Type: Evidence-based summary; point of care tool 
Highlights: Organized in a structured note format, content is easy to navigate; both overall recommendations and specific study results are included; app available.
EBM: References are provided for recommendations. These references are given a grade based on the level of evidence behind the recommendation.

Type: Evidence-based summary; point of care tool 
Highlights: Latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion are combined in a single source and presented in a step-by-step approach, covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.
EBM: Referenced studies are listed, and full text is linked where available. 

Type:  Evidence-based summary; point of care tool 
Highlights: Part of ClinicalKey. To access directly from ClinicalKey, use the dropdown menu by the search box and select Clinical Overviews. In the app, after searching, look for results labeled Clinical Overviews.
EBM: References are provided for recommendations. 

Type:  Evidence-based summary; point of care tool 
Highlights: Part of Stat!Ref. Essential Evidence is a powerful, one-stop, state-of-the-art reference that includes best-evidence answers to your most important clinical questions concerning symptoms, diseases, and treatment.
EBM: Each topic has a "strength of evidence" rating for every recommendation.

Type:  Evidence-based summary; point of care tool 
Highlights: Contains over 9,000 topics in 19 specialties. Written and edited by a global community of 4,800 physicians. Recommendations are often graded in terms of supporting evidence.
EBM: Provides a grading system for recommendations that shows whether the recommendation is weak or strong and whether or not there is evidence to support the recommendation.

Type: Source for clinical guidelines 
Highlights: A centralized repository that includes guidelines developed by nationally and internationally recognized medical organizations and medical specialty societies.
EBM: Uses the TRUST Scorecard (TRUST = Transparency and Rigor Using Standards of Trustworthiness) to assess clinical practice guidelines against the Institute of Medicine (IOM) standards for trustworthy guidelines.

Synposes of Syntheses

Type: Synopsis of synthesis; Truncated summaries of Cochrane systematic reviews
Highlights: Easy to read, clinically focused entry point to Cochrane systematic reviews. Designed to be actionable and to inform decision making at the point of care. Each contains a clinical question, a short answer, and an opportunity to drill down to the evidence from relevant Cochrane reviews.
EBM: The Cochrane Collaboration is world renowned for their quality evidence-based publications.


Type: Synthesis--Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 
Highlights: Includes the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, which are the gold standard of medical literature, providing comprehensive research analyses on a variety of medical treatments.
EBM: The Cochrane Collaboration is world renowned for their quality evidence-based publications.

Synopses of Studies



Locates articles in PubMed based on Clinical Question domain.

Type: Studies; Locates articles in PubMed based on Clinical Question domain
Highlights: This PubMed interface focuses your search by study type (etiology, diagnosis, therapy, prognosis or clinical prediction guides) or for systematic reviews, evidence-based practice guidelines, and meta-analyses.
EBM: Clinical trials, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and practice guidelines are labeled, but other evidence levels must be self-identified.

Type: Studies--Cochrane Controlled Register of Trials (aka CENTRAL) 
Highlights: Includes CENTRAL, which provides a repository of clinical trial citations.
EBM: The Cochrane Collaboration is world renowned for their quality evidence-based publications.

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