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Master of Biomedical Sciences Program Resources: Finding Evidence

Pre-Appraised Resources (background & summary info, less appraisal needed)

Additional Sources for Guidelines

Many other databases also provide access to guidelines including PubMed, CINAHL, DynaMed Plus, UpToDate, Trip, and ClinicalKey. Select a database and conduct a search on the specific condition (e.g. asthma) of interest, then in:

  • PubMed - look under the Article Types section to the left of the results, click on the Customize link, select Practice Guideline, click Show, and then click on the Practice Guideline option that is now displaying under Article Types.
  • CINAHL - look to the left of the results, click on Show More under the Data Limit slider, find the Publication Type box and select Practice Guidelines, and then click Search.
  • DynaMed - select a specific monograph on the topic (e.g. asthma in adults and adolescents), scroll down in the Topic outline on the left, and click on the Guidelines and Resources section.
  • UpToDate - select a specific monograph on the topic (e.g. an overview of asthma management), scroll down in the Topic outline on the left, and click on the Society Guideline Links section.
  • Trip - Look to the right of the results and select the Guidelines by evidence type.
  • ClinicalKey - look to the left of the results and select the Guidelines option.

PubMed

PubMed

PubMed is the key database in medicine. It contains articles on diseases, treatments, models of care, medical education, health reform, and other topics relevant to this course. To get the best results out of PubMed,

  1. Identify the key concepts in your topic.
  2. Go to the Advanced Search page and search for them individually; add each term to the history and check the Details after each search to ensure you've found a good subject heading (called a MeSH term) for each concept.
  3. If you were not automatically mapped to a good MeSH term, search the MeSH database for the best heading for your concept.
  4. Use the Advanced Search page to combine your searches (OR together synonyms, AND all topics that must be in your final results)
  5. Use Limits page to narrow by study type, language, etc.

Extensive help information, including short videos and PDFs are available on the Medical Center Library's PubMed Tutorial and Training page.

Search across resources

Search Across Clinical Tools

 

Patient Problem:

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Searches: UpToDate, DynaMed, ACP Journal Club, Cochrane Library, ClinicalKey, Lexicomp, PubMed, and MedlinePlus.