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Evidence-Based Medicine

Provided below is an assortment of links to evidence-based medicine resources. If there are other sites you feel belong on these pages, please e-mail


Bandolier is an independent journal about evidence-based health care. PubMed and the Cochrane databases are scanned for interesting and coherent articles that are than summarized and published in the Bandolier with addition comments and brief recommendation.


The best evidence topics (BETs) were developed in the Emergency Department of Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK, to provide rapid evidence-based answers to real-life clinical questions, using a systematic approach to reviewing the literature. BETs take into account the shortcomings of much current evidence, allowing physicians to make the best of what there is. Although BETs initially had an emergency medicine focus, there are a significant number of BETs covering cardiothoracics, nursing, primary care, and pediatrics.

Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC)

The CTFPHC website is designed to serve as a practical guide to health care providers, planners, and consumers for determining the inclusion or exclusion, content, and frequency of a wide variety of preventive health interventions, using the evidence-based recommendations of the task force.

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM) Oxford

The CEBM at the University of Oxford provides established levels of evidence and a comprehensive list of online resources and tools as well as explanation of evidence-based medicine and searching tips.

Centre for Health Evidence (CHE)

The CHE is a multidisciplinary initiative that brings universities, health organizations, and professional associations together. CHE supports the learning, teaching, and practice of evidence-based health care.

Evidence-Based Medicine Resource Center

The resource center contains references, bibliographies, tutorials, glossaries, and online databases to guide those embarking on teaching and practicing evidence-based medicine. It offers practice tools to support critical analysis of the literature and MEDLINE searching, as well as links to other sites that help enable evidence-based medical care.

Evidence-Based Medicine Journal

Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) systematically searches a wide range of international medical journals applying strict criteria for the validity of research. Experts critically appraise the validity of the most clinically relevant articles and summarize them including commentary on their clinical applicability. EBM also publishes articles relevant to the study and practice of evidence-based medicine.

Evidence-Based Practice Centers

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides 5-year contracts to institutions in the U.S. and Canada to serve as evidence-based practice centers (EPCs). The EPCs review all relevant literature on a variety of scientific topics as well as monitor the methodologies of current research. This site contains links to the EPCs as well as a long list of other EB sources.

The Cochrane Library

An international network of individuals committed to "preparing, maintaining and promoting the accessibility of systematic reviews of the effects of health care." The Cochrane Library is an electronic publication designed to supply high-quality evidence to inform people providing and receiving care, and those responsible for research, teaching, funding, and administration at all levels. It contains the following databases: The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness, The Cochrane Controlled Trials Register, and The Cochrane Review Methodology Database.