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Clerkship Resources and Tips: Evidence Summary and Guideline Resources

Keys to success in the clerkships and beyond.

Clinical Evidence Summary Resources

Databases of evidenced-based clinical reviews are usually the best place to start your search. Look for frequent updates and recommendations supported by references to primary studies. Look also for "grades" for the strength of evidence of individual references or for their recommendations.

Clinical Practice Guidelines

Practice guidelines straddle the line between evidence and the evidence-based literature. Like systematic reviews, they gather, appaise and synthsize research findings. They usually go beyond systematic reviews, however, in balancing a broader range of issues in a clinical context. When evidence is lacking, authors must rely on expert consensus to make recommendations. This is a list of a few selected resources for finding guidelines.