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Clinical Essentials: Sources

Health Information Sources Library Guide

Choose the right tool for the job

 

 

Health information: Which source do I use?

 

I need information for:

Research     Clinical research

Patient Care     Patient care

 

 

Information for clinical research

 

What is your question concerning? For general information about common diseases or conditions, refer to clinical background sources. For rare conditions, consult both clinical background sources and conduct a literature search. If your question involves managing patients with specific conditions, use a literature search for complex or rare conditions. For research-focused questions, consider a literature search or point-of-care sources. Lastly, for point-of-care questions, use point-of-care sources.

Clinical Background Literature Search Point of Care

Clinical Decision Support
UpToDate

Books
AccessMedicine
Textbooks

Medicine and Health Sciences
PubMed
Cochrane Library
Embase

Nursing and Allied Health
CINAHL

Clinical Decision Support
UpToDate

VisualDx
PubMed Clinical Queries

Drug Reference
Clinical Pharmacology

Integrative Medicine
NatMed Pro

 

(Based on Bernard Becker Medical Library)

Clinical guidelines and decision support

 

Find clinical guidelines and procedures 

UpToDate

ECRI Guidelines Trust

Find diagnostic tools 

UpToDate

VisualDx

Diagnosaurus

Find research literature to answer clinical questions 

PubMed Clinical Queries

TRIP

Find reviews of patient care trends 

Clinics Reviews

 

 

Drug information

 

Find information for drug identification, dosing, and interactions 

Clinical Pharmacology

Micromedex

 

 

Textbooks and background sources

 

Find background information on a clinical topic

AccessMedicine

UpToDate

 

 

Integrative medicine information

 

Find evidence-based information on complementary, integrative, and alternative medicine

NatMed Pro

CAM on PubMed

 

 

Patient education sources

 

Find patient handouts and educational materials

MedlinePlus

UpToDate

Micromedex CareNotes

Refer patients to health information sources in San Diego County Find Reliable Health Information (SD County)

 

 

Professional development sources

 

Find videos of clinical procedures  

Bates' Visual Guide to Physical Examination

New England Journal of Medicine Videos

AccessMedicine: Physical Exam Videos 

AccessMedicine: Procedural Videos

JoVE Science Education: Clinical Skills

Google Video

Earn continuing medical education credits

Earn CME by researching a topic in these information sources:

UpToDate

AccessMedicine

Medscape

The Medical Letter

Natural Medicines