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Clinical Evidence is the online version of a book produced by the BMJ Publishing Corporation. It is updated monthly with new evidence. Clinical Evidence covers only therapy although there is sporadic information on the ancillary topics of harm and prognosis.
Clinical Evidence is available to licensed users only. To use the link below you must have a SUNY Downstate ID card.
How to Search
Access to Clinical Evidence is through the blue button labeled "Show Conditions". The contents become progressively more specific as you follow the links. Clinical Evidence is arranged by condition, so you would pick the section that the condition under study would appear in (e.g. "Cardiovascular disorders" for myocardial infarction).
For an overview of therapies for a particular condition, click on the name of the condition itself. You can then see a brief summary of which therapies are known to be beneficial, likely to be beneficial, require a trade off between benefits and harms, have unknown effectiveness, are unlikely to be beneficial, or are likely to be ineffective or harmful by clicking on the link labeled "Interventions". Clicking on the name of the individual therapy gives you a brief summary of outcomes of using a particular therapy, arranged by benefits, harms, and commentaries.
How to Read an Entry
Each entry in Clinical Evidence starts with a summary of what evidence was found regarding a particular therapy and what that evidence shows. The report then presents a full explanation of the evidence including the appropriate statistics and confidence intervals. Both benefits and harms are explained. Full references are presented with a link to the pubmed record for that article.
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