Databases offering online access to medical evidence
This selection of resources does not aim to be comprehensive, but it is updated regularly. Suggestions and feedback are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services : summaries of evidence, clinical guidelines and more; free
ARIF Reviews Database from the Aggressive Research Intelligence Facility at the University of Birmingham, UK : systematic reviews; free
Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE) from the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (UK) : synopses of syntheses of evidence; free
EBM Guidelines from Wiley : practice guidelines and evidence summaries; for medical professionals, fee-based
Effective Older People Care (beta) from the Cochrane Health Care for Older Peoples Field : a gateway to Cochrane evidence and more for the management of older people's care and rehabilitation; free with registration
Epistemonikos managed by members of the Evidence-Based Medicine Unit, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and other collaborators is "a multilingual, collaborative and free database of health evidence"; free.
Essential Evidence Plus from Wiley : "a powerful resource packed with content, tools, calculators and alerts for clinicians who deliver first-contact care"; fee-based
Evidence Aid from Cochrane "providing resources for decision-makers before, during and after disasters and other humanitarian emergencies"; free
health-evidence.ca : online registry of systematic reviews on the effectiveness of public health and health promotion interventions; free with registration
Health Systems Evidence from McMaster Health Forum : "a repository of syntheses of research evidence about governance, financial and delivery arrangements within health systems, and about implementation strategies that can support change in health systems"; free
National Guidelines Clearinghouse from the US Dept of Health & Human Services : clinical practice guidelines; free
NHS Evidence from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) : meta-search portal for evidence, guidance and government policy data; for medical professionals; free
OBESITY+ Online best evidence service in tackling obesity from McMaster University's Health Information Research Unit : systematic reviews; PLUS ratings used to help select content; free with registration
OTseeker (Occupational Therapy Systematic Evaluation of Evidence) : systematic reviews and RCTs; free
PDQ-Evidence for Informed Health Policymaking provides access to systematic reviews of health systems evidence; put together by a team including members of the Epistemonikos Project, the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services and Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC); free
PIER: The Physicians' Information and Education Resource from the American College of Physicians : summaries of evidence; PLUS ratings used to help select content; for ACP members only
PubMed Clinical Queries : evidence-based searching in Medline; free
Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) from NHS Evidence : a collection of quality and productivity case studies and evidence summaries organised around topic areas; for medical professionals; free
Special Collections from The Cochrane Library from Wiley : thematic collections of evidence on topics such as tobacco addition, breast cancer, and more; free
Therapeutics Initiative (TI) Evidence-Based Drug Therapy from The University of British Columbia : drug assessments and therapeutics newsletters; for medical professionals; free with registration
Trip Database : clinical meta-search tool; for medical professionals; free
For a useful overview of medical evidence portals online, see also:
Where's the best evidence? Free and fee-based medical evidence on the web (2010) by Dean Giustini, UBC Biomedical Branch Librarian
For more online resources, see also Social media resources.
This list does not aim to be comprehensive, but it is updated regularly. Suggestions and feedback are welcome at email@example.com.