Evidence based medicine
Keeping up to date online
- By: Kirsten M Scott
Online resources for evidence based medicine are increasingly used by doctors to inform clinical decisions. As the evidence behind clinical practice changes rapidly, and textbooks are often out of date, online resources should start to play more of a role in medical education. To find the best evidence based medicine sites, I searched for information on three common conditions encountered by junior doctors (atrial fibrillation, Clostridium difficile diarrhoea, and irritable bowel syndrome) and considered whether the sites were user friendly, were supportive of clinical decision making, and whether they provided further links to more detailed information.
NHS Evidence provides a free search engine that ranks results from credible medical sources. It also allows registered users to personalise and save searches, to receive news feeds on topics of interest to them, and to receive a monthly update, “Eyes on Evidence.” The results for our three common conditions were largely guidelines from