Evidence Based Search

These databases and search engines contain resources, such as guidelines, systematic reviews, primary research, and critically appraised topics, that support the practice of evidence-based medicine (EBM). These resources are free or mostly free. 

Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health
Resource Type: Technology reports; Common Drug Review database; Canadian Optimal Medication Prescribing and Utilization Service
Publisher: Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health
Size: 500+ reports

Resource Type: Evaluated website directory; Collection of critically appraised articles. Evaluated websites that meet selection criteria listed in validated assessment tool available onsite; in French and English.
Publisher: Université Laval, Department of Family Medicine
Size: 125 websites, 680+critically appraised

TRIP: Turning Research Into Practice
Resource Type: A powerful search engine with hundreds of medical websites, among which many offer evidence-based information. Search results are presented under thirteen (13) sections according to the type of information (CPGs, systematic reviews, medical images, etc.)
Publishers:  Jon Brassey and Chris Price 

The RxFiles
Resource Type: Newsletter; Drug comparison charts; Academic detailing program. Drug therapy topics selected on basis of their potential to enhance patient care and/or reduce drug costs without altering efficacy and safety.
Publisher:  RxFiles Academic Detailing Program
Size: 48+ drug comparison charts

Therapeutics Initiative University of British Columbia
Resource Type:  Newsletter;  Systematic reviews
Publisher : University of British Columbia Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in cooperation with the Department of Family Practice
Size: 50+ systematic reviews


Key EBM Websites

  • CEBM


    The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford, UK.
  • Cochrane


    The Cochrane Collaboration, working together to produce systematic reviews.
  • Evidence Updates


    Database and updates from BMJ Group and McMaster University.

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) has been defined as:

"the explicit, judicious, and conscientious use of current best evidence from health care research in decisions about the care of individuals and populations."

Sackett DL, et al: Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM. 2nd  ed. Churchill Livingstone; 2000. 

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