Monday, January 26, 2009

New evidence-based resource

RCSI Library brings you Clinical Evidence to help you make informed decisions about common clinical conditions

Clinical Evidence is an important evidence based medicine resource published by the BMJ. It gathers the available evidence about common clinical conditions and provides a concise account of the current state of knowledge, ignorance, and uncertainty about the prevention and treatment of each condition. It describes the best available evidence from systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and observational studies where appropriate and if there is no good evidence it says so.

Clinical Evidence aims to help people make informed decisions about which treatments to use. It can also show where more research is needed and highlight gaps in the evidence, where there are currently no good randomised controlled trials or no randomised controlled trials that look at groups of people or at important patient outcomes. For clinicians and patients it highlights treatments that work, treatments that may currently be underused and treatments that do not work or for which the harms outweigh the benefits.

Access to Clinical Evidence is available on or off campus with your network username and password.

Link to it from the RCSI library web page or click here
Connect to Clinical Evidence

Monday, January 5, 2009

Environmental health and toxicology resources

TOXNET is the US National Library of Medicine's gateway for Environmental Health and Toxicology information. TOXNET includes the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (a database of potentially hazardous chemicals), TOXLINE (references to the world's toxicology literature), and ChemIDplus (chemical dictionary and structure database). Connect to TOXNET here

The SIS portal ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND TOXICOLOGY offers a set of database and information resources about NLM's environmental, chemical and drug information services, including toxicology related tutorials and fact sheets. Connect here