A resource guide for McMaster's Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Workshop
Last Updated: Jun 15, 2015
- ACCESSSS Federated Search
ACCESSSS Federated Search is designed to find the best evidence-based answer to your clinical questions by simultaneously searching the leading evidence-driven medical publications and high quality clinical literature. It is the same as MacPLUS Federated Search (below)
MacPLUS Federated Search is designed to find the best evidence-based answer to your clinical questions by simultaneously searching the leading evidence-driven medical publications and high quality clinical literature.
- TRIP Database
Turning Research into Practice
Meta-searching in 9 languages.
- SUM Search
An understanding of the 6 'S' Hierarchy of Evidence is the foundation for efficient and effective retrieval of evidence-based research relating to clinical practice.
The resources on this page will help you find evidence for the speicifc level of the hierarchy you are interested in.
For more search tips, check out the Health Sceinces Library's Database Fundamentals Tutorial.
[Adapted from DiCenso, Bayley and Haynes (2009). ACP Journal Club. Editorial: Accessing pre-appraised evidence: Fine-tuning the 5S model into a 6S model. Annals of Internal Medicine, 151(6):JC3-2, JC3-3.]
Integrating information from the lower levels of the hiearchy with individual patient records, systems represent the ideal source of evidence for clinical decision-making.
Summaries are regularly updated clinical guidelines or textbooks that integrate evidence-based information about specific clinical problems.
- Point-of-Care Tools
Evidence-based reference tool containing summaries for nearly 3000 topics of diseases, disorders, and symptoms, with information on etiology, associated conditions, history and research findings, differential diagnosis and diagnostic testing, prognosis, treatment, prevention, and links to patient information. Summaries are derived from peer-reviewed sources.
On-campus use only
- Clinical Key
- ACP Smart Medicine & AHFS DI® Essentials
- BMJ Best Practice
From British Medical Journal
- Clinical Practice Guidelines
- National Guideline Clearinghouse
- CMA Infobase
Canadian Medical Association
- NICE Clinical Guidelines
National Institute for Health and Clinical Evidence, UK
- Best Practice Guidelines
Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
Synopses of syntheses, summarize and critically appraise the information found in systematic reviews. By drawing conclusions from evidence at lower levels of the pyramid, these synopses often provide sufficient information to support clinical action.
Commonly referred to as a systematic review, a synthesis is a comprehensive summary of all the evidence surrounding a specific research question.
- Systematic Reviews
- Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library includes evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, methodology reviews, clinical trials, and more. Cochrane reviews bring you the combined results of medical research studies. Focus is on evidence-based health care.
British Medical Journal (BMJ) Group
- Additional reviews can be found in PubMed/Mediline, EMBASE, and CINAHL
Synopses of single studies summarize evidence from high-quality studies, including some level of critical appraisal.
Studies represent unique research conducted to answer specific clincial questions.