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Clinical Essentials: Find health information: Information Sources

Choose the right tool for the job

 

 

Health information: What source do I use?

 

I need information for:

     Clinical research

     Patient care

 

 

Information for clinical research

 

What's your question about? If you are seeking basic knowledge about a common disease or condition, then search clinical background sources. If you are seeking basic knowledge about a rare disease or condition, then search clinical background sources or conduct a literature search. If you are seeking information for patient management of a complex/rare disease or condition, then conduct a literature search. If you are seeking information for research on patient management, then conduct a literature search or search a point of care resource. If you are seeking point-of-care information for patient management, then search a point-of-care source.

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
PubMed Clinical Queries

Drug Reference
Clinical Pharmacology

Integrative Medicine
Natural Medicines

 

(Based on Bernard Becker Medical Library)

  Clinical guidelines and decision support

 

Find clinical guidelines and procedures  

UpToDate

ECRI Guidelines Trust

Find diagnostic tools  

UpToDate

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  

Natural Medicines

CAM on PubMed

 

 

  Patient education sources

 

Find patient handouts and educational materials  

MedlinePlus

UpToDate

Micromedex CareNotes

 

 

  Professional development sources

 

Find videos of clinical procedures   

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