March 16, 2004

Evidence-Based Health Care -- the Libraries' Role

Finding the most current and authoritative clinical evidence is essential to making sound clinical decisions. Such evidence is found in a variety of resources including journal articles, practice guidelines, systematic reviews (such as those produced by the Cochrane Collaboration), and websites (such as AHRQ at http://www.ahrq.gov).

The Bio-Medical Library provides access to all of the above resources and more. Our staff also teaches students and health practitioners how to use these resources effectively and efficiently through workshops (http://www.biomed.lib.umn.edu/lc.html), one-on-one consultations, and sessions with various classes and groups. For example, Bio-Med librarians Jim Beattie and Cindy Gruwell currently participate in the General Internal Medicine residents' "Morning Report" every Monday, conducting searches of the published literature on the day's topic and presenting their results to the residents.

Biomedsearch logoLinks to Evidence-Based Health Care (EBHC) resources are available to U of M students, staff, and faculty via the “BioMedSearch” link on the Bio-Medical Library’s home page (http://www.biomed.lib.umn.edu). On the BioMedSearch webpage, you will find links to a variety of journal article indexes, such as Medline, PubMed, CINAHL, and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, in the “Alphabetical Listing.” There are links to two versions of the Cochrane Library (the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (via Ovid) and the Cochrane Library (through Update Software, soon to be through Wiley InterScience) on this page under the letter “C.”

Information about the efficacy and safety of drugs and herbal/dietary supplements are available through MICROMEDEX and Natural Medicines, respectively.

HealthWeb (http://www.healthweb.org/browse.cfm?subjectid=39) provides an extensive list of free EBHC Internet sites produced by health professionals and librarians from around the world.

For more information about using these resources or other ways to find the best clinical evidence available, please contact the Reference staff of the Bio-Medical Library either in person at the Reference Desk, by phone (612-626-3260), or email (medref@umn.edu).

Posted by biomednews at March 16, 2004 06:26 PM