Resources for Evidence-Based Medicine and Policy

Clinical and Social Science

Cochrane Collaboration Library (5 databases,)

Campbell Collaboration. Systematic reviews in education, social welfare, crime and justice.

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (UK)

National Guidelines Clearinghouse Use "Detailed Search" link on left for more specific searches. Display tool allows side by side comparison of guidelines.

Clinical Evidence. Starts with common clinical questions.

Evidence Updates. Pre-appraised, pre-rated for clinical relevance. Sent via e-mail.

ACP Journal Club. Structured summary of high quality articles

Technology Assessments/Comparative Effectiveness

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service Technology Assessments

Program in Policy Decision-Making (Canada)

Washington State Health Technology Assessment Program

California Technology Assessment Forum

BCBS Association Technology Evaluation Center

System and Policy

AHRQ Effective Health Care Program

AHRQ Evidence-Based Practice Centers, Reviews relevant scientific literature on clinical, behavioral, and organization and financing topics to produce evidence reports and technology assessments. These reports are used for informing and developing coverage decisions, quality measures, educational materials and tools, guidelines, and research agendas. Over 150 reports on conditions and complementary medicine are available.

Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement. A non-profit organization that brings together diverse groups to transform the health care system so that it delivers patient-centered and value-driven care. It is comprised of 53 medical groups and sponsored by six Minnesota and Wisconsin health plans.

McMaster University’s Program in Policy Decision-Making and Canadian Cochrane Network and Center (PPD/CCNC) Health Policy Systematic Review Filter. To help managers and policymakers find and use systematic reviews.

For Consumers

U.S. Cochrane Center’s Understanding Evidence-based Healthcare. Online EBM course for consumers.

EBM calculators including translating odds ratios from meta-analyses.

Rational Rx online tutorial about EBM, FDA and pharma.

eMedicine World Medical Library. Free, up-to-date, evidence-based information. Searches can be restricted to a consumer option for information from online textbooks and a growing collection of consumer treatment guidelines.

Other Resources

CHAIN Clinician-Consumer Health Advisory Information Network (CHAIN). An online educational, informational, and resource program operated by the Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) Educational Consortium. The Educational Consortium is made up of people from CERTs program, the Agency for Health-care Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). CHAIN provides timely and practical information about emerging issues concerning the safe and effective use of drugs, devices, and biological products.

Canadian Best Practices Portal for Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention. The primary goals: To develop and disseminate best practices information for chronic disease prevention and control interventions, provide decision makers with a comprehensive and standardized resource about best practices for chronic disease prevention and control, and to create awareness of the overall Canadian Best Practices System through communication and marketing activities targeted to key audiences (decision makers in practice, decision makers in policy development, decision makers in research).

Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Center (EPPI-Centre). The EPPI-Centre provides review of evidence-based policy and practice related to social interventions. The site engages researchers in discussion of how to make research more relevant and how to use findings in many areas including education and health promotion.

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe. The Observatory is a partnership between the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, the Governments of Belgium, Finland, Norway, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, the Veneto Region of Italy, the European Investment Bank, the World Bank, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

Google Coop: Netting the Evidence. Andrew Booth, a pioneer in evidence based information practice at the University of Sheffield, created one of the first lists of evidence based health care resources on the Internet. He's taken this one step further with a Google Coop site that limits your Google search to over 100 authoritative, evidence based websites. Type a condition and diagnostic method or treatment into the search box to quickly find resources with an evidence based approach.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. Provides up-to-date evidence based clinical data on natural medicines, herbal medicines, and dietary supplements used in the western world. The database is compiled by pharmacists and physicians who are part of the Pharmacist's Letter and Prescriber's Letter research and editorial staff. Quick or easy access to quality filtered or evidence based information. Subscription required