Evidence Based Medicine

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The links on this page are provided for your convenience.  The contents of the websites below are outside the clinics control and therefore may not be current, the treatment may not be available in BC or the information may not fully reflect the beliefs of the doctors at the Medical Arts Centre.


  • BestBETs
    A UK based site for accessing ‘Best Evidence Topics’ – designed for patient-side management questions in an emergency department in England.
  • EBM Alberta Toolkit
    University of Alberta site which is a collection of tools for identifying, assessing and applying relevant evidence for better health care decision-making. The appraisal tools are adapted from the Users’ Guides series prepared by the Evidence Based Medicine Working Group and originally published in JAMA .
  • BC Guidelines
    BC based guidelines – There are currently over 50 guidelines available in PDF and HTML formats, with many in portable formats, including: iPhone, BlackBerry, and PDA.
  • BMJ Best Practice
    You can sign in and access this site through you
    CMA login.
  • BMJ EBM Journal
    British Medical Journal publication journal specifically focusing on Evidence Based Practice.
  • Oxford Centre for Evidence Based Medicine
    This is the most widely accessed source for EBM.  Most questions about how to do EBM including a list of EBM tools can be answered here.
  • CMA.ca
    You can sign up for the ‘Info-Poem’ email on your login – it’s a digest of recent Evidence Based Medicine.
  • Decision Box
    Less varied topics, but good EBM source for topics covered.
  • Dynamed
    gain you can login to the website through your CMA login.
  • Essential Evidence
    This is accessed thorugh your CMA login also – is a great site for getting short sharp evidence based updates on topics.
  • GATE Theory for Critical Appraisal
    An excellent, New Zealand based, resource for self directed critical appraisal of a paper, systematic review or meta-analysis.  Allows you to use a word template to ask the correct questions about a paper to assess its validity/accuracy.  Also allows you to use an Excel file to calculate your own ratios and confidence intervals.
  • InfoPOEM
    CMA published short summaries of medical research evidence which you can subscribe to and be sent daily.
  • Medi-Mouse
    A Victoria based website with a good list of medical resources and links in BC and worldwide.
  • Nanaimo Division of Family Practice
    The Nanaimo Division is a non–profit organization which developed in response to family physician requests for quality improvement, practice change support, and to improve physician work satisfaction and well-being.
  • Practice Support Program
    The Practice Support Program (PSP) was launched in 2007 with two objectives: to improve care for patients throughout the province and to increase job satisfaction among BC’s general practitioners (GPs).The program offers focused training sessions for physicians and their medical office assistants (MOAs) to help improve practice efficiency and to support enhanced delivery of patient care.
  • PubMED
    Searchable database of online journals and documents, useful for finding journals on a speciifc topic, then if journal is not avaiable, you can have the paper sourced by the VIHA librarian, the CMA or the UBC librarians, or access it through your CMA/Dynamed login.
  • Rx Files (Canada)
    Academic detailing program providing objective, comparative drug information to physicians, pharmacists and allied health professionals. Standard book cost starts at $79.
  • The NNT
    This is a great site of some breadth that shows NNT’s (numbers needed to treat) for certain interventions based on published studies/papers and meta-analyses.
  • Therapeutic Choices – A link through the UBC website (login required – with resident login or campus wide login) to access an online copy of the therapeutic choices document.
  • Therapeutics Initiative – UBC
    From EBM keeners James McCormack and Mike Allan.This site is full of useful current and past EBM information, which is similar in some respects to Therapeutics Initiative material previously produced. The podcasts are very entertaining.  You will need a premium membership ($50) to look at/listen to the more than 200 prior podcasts.
  • Toward Optimised Practice
    Alberta site where you’re able to search Clinical Practice Guidelines and source evidence based medical information
  • TRIP Database
    Great site for quickly finding diagnostically accurate images of diseases/conditions for patients, also very quick to sort through to national based guidelines, regardless of source, or evidence level sorting of literature.  If you log in (which is free) it will remember previous searches/history etc.  Also very good source of patient information leaflets.


Mobile Apps:

Clinical Reference Apps:

  • ECG Guide” – app form of the pocket book.
  • Medscape” – is free and gives good concise overviews
  • Pepid CRC Platinum” – as medical trainees, residents can get access to this for 12 months for free by clicking here.
  • Qx Calculate” is another useful free app that has very user friendly calculators


 Drug Reference apps:

  • Rx files” – Drug Index – It’s cheaper and great on tablets but not so much on phones because it requires a lot of zooming in and panning around.
  • Tarascon’s pharmacopeia


General Medical apps:

  • TED talks – Library of educational materials, medical and otherwise.
  • CanMEDS Springboards for Emergency Physicians – Made by the RCPSC – Helps enable feedback to resident with regard to CanMEDS roles.
  • Dynamed app – you need to login through CMA account and download via the Skyscape app.