This is the first in a series of posts called ‘Database Discovery’ where we highlight lesser known health-care databases. To kick off with we’ll look at BMJ Clinical Evidence.
What is it and how can it help me?
Clinical Evidence, produced by the BMJ Publishing Group, provides a concise account of the current state of knowledge, ignorance, and uncertainty about the prevention and treatment of a wide range of clinical conditions based on thorough searches and appraisal of the literature. In other words, it contains a compendium of evidence on the effects of common clinical interventions, giving you rapid access to the bottom line data on the effectiveness of health-care interventions.
What’s the topic coverage?
Clinical Evidence aims to cover common or important clinical conditions seen in primary and hospital care. To decide which conditions to cover, its producers review national data on consultation rates, morbidity, and mortality, and take advice from generalist clinicians and patient groups. To date over 250 conditions have been appraised, encompassing over 3,000 interventions.
How do I access it?
Access is password protected via 3 routes-use your network logon to access:
1.Direct at http://www.clinicalevidence.com (Click on Logon in the top-right hand corner)
2.Click on the link to Clinical Evidence on the Library’s EBH databases page
3.Login to My Athens and select BMJ Clinical Evidence from the resources tab
On-site access is also available in the Library without using a password.
How can I search Clinical Evidence?
The database can be browsed or searched. To browse click on ‘Conditions’ in the horizontal menu bar to see a list of broad subjects, beneath which lie relevant reviews. To search, enter your condition or intervention in the search box on the top-right hand corner: more than one term will be automatically joined together with AND and you can search for a phrase by enclosing it in “speech marks”.
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