Evidence-Based Medicine is defined as An approach of practicing medicine with the goal to improve and evaluate patient care. It requires the judicious integration of best research evidence with the patient's values to make decisions about medical care. This method is to help physicians make proper diagnosis, devise best testing plan, choose best treatment and methods of disease prevention, as well as develop guidelines for large groups of patients with the same disease.
Evidence-based medicine follows four steps:
- Formulate a clear clinical question from a patient's problem.
- Search the literature for relevant clinical articles.
- Evaluate (critically appraise) the evidence for its validity and usefulness.
- Implement useful findings in clinical practice.
- CWRU's Library Catalog
- OhioLINK Library Catalog
- Library of Congress Catalog
- National Library of Medicine's LocatorPlus
- PubMed Clinical Queries
- Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
- A bibliographic database of definitive controlled trials.
- Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) - through the University of York and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
- Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
- The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (COCH) includes the full text of the regularly updated systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare prepared by The Cochrane Collaboration.
- Web of Science
For additional catalogs and databases, please check the Library Catalogs and Databases page.
Electronic Resources at Case
- Evidence Based Practice and Health Technology Assessment - from the National Library of Medicine.
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- Cochrane Collaboration
- Cochrane Canada
- Resources for Evidence-Based Practice: The 6S Pyramid - McMaster University
- NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
- Finding Health Sciences Information
- ICMJE Recommendations ("The Uniform Requirements")
- Citation Reference Standards