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Compiled by Dr. Edward J Mullen, Willma & Albert Musher Chair Professor for Life Betterment through Science & Technology, Columbia University in the City of New York


Clinical Practice Guidelines

Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care

This website is designed to serve as a practical guide to health care providers, planners and consumers for determining the inclusion or exclusion, content and frequency of a wide variety of preventive health interventions, using the evidence-based recommendations of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC)*. Their health professional’s resource links provides additional links to clinical practice guidelines & recommendations, evidence reports and systematic reviews, and evidence based medicine resources.

Canadian Medical Association Clinical Practice Guidelines Infobase


National Coordinating Centre for Health Technology Assessment (NCCHTA)

(follow links to "Publications")

National Electronic Library for Health, National Health Service, United Kingdom

The role of the NeLH is to provide health care professionals and the public (through NHS Direct Online and the New Library Network) with knowledge and know-how to support health care related decisions. This site provides extensive access and links to practice and knowledge information including practice guidelines and evidence-based policy and practice materials.

National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC)

The National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) is a comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (formerly the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research [AHCPR]), in partnership with the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Association of Health Plans (AAHP). The NGC mission is to provide physicians, nurses, and other health professionals, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation and use. Key components of NGC include: Structured abstracts (summaries) about the guideline and its development; A utility for comparing attributes of two or more guidelines in a side-by-side comparison; Syntheses of guidelines covering similar topics, highlighting areas of similarity and difference; Links to full-text guidelines, where available, and/or ordering information for print copies; An electronic forum, NGC-L for exchanging information on clinical practice guidelines, their development, implementation and use; Annotated bibliographies on guideline development methodology, implementation, and use.

National Health and Medical Research Council, Government of Australia

Since 1937 the Council has played a pivotal role in providing independent, strong advice on all aspects of health and health care delivery in Australia. This is done by managing the complementary functions of funding health and medical research, providing ethical guidance on health and medical research issues, and providing health advice. The latter is done by publishing guidelines, information papers and pamphlets on a range of health issues throughout the health and general communities, drawing on the best of expert advice and ensuring that the published advice is both current and relevant for the Australian community. It is directed by Professor Alan Pettigrew.

New Zealand Guidelines Group

The New Zealand Guidelines Group leads a movement towards the delivery of high quality health and disability services throughout New Zealand through a change in culture based on evidence and effectiveness. The NZGG is an independent, not-for-profit organisation set up to promote effective delivery of health and disability services, based on evidence.

New Zealand Health Technology Assessment Clearinghouse for Health Outcomes and Health Technology Assessment (NZHTA)


Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) was formed in 1993. Our objective is to improve the quality of health care for patients in Scotland by reducing variation in practice and outcome, through the development and dissemination of national clinical guidelines containing recommendations for effective practice based on current evidence.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force


Critically Appraised Research Articles & Dissemination Groups


Bandolier is a print and Internet journal about health care, using evidence-based medicine techniques to provide advice about particular treatments or diseases for healthcare professionals and consumers. The content is 'tertiary' publishing, distilling the information from (secondary) reviews of (primary) trials and making it comprehensible. The impetus behind Bandolier was to find information about evidence of effectiveness (or lack of it), and to put it forward as simple "bullet-points" of those things that worked and those things that didn't. The problem is that a simple bullet point is insufficient to get across much in the way of information, so we decided on an eight-page A4 format. Information was to come from systematic reviews of the literature, from Effectiveness Bulletins from York, from randomised controlled trials and from high quality case-control, cohort or observational studies. first issue of Bandolier was published in February 1994, and has been monthly since then. Every issue is available, full text, and free of charge. Each month PubMed and the Cochrane Library are searched for systematic reviews and meta-analyses published in the recent past. Those that look remotely interesting are read, and where they are both interesting and make sense, they appear in Bandolier.

Clinical Efficacy Assessment Project of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine

CEAP is administered by the Clinical Efficacy Assessment Subcommittee (CEAS) and by the staff of the Scientific Policy Department of the ACP-ASIM. Choosing a topic for a clinical practice guideline is the first step in the CEAP process. Evidence reports commissioned by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) and generated by Evidence-based Practice Centers are the basis of our guidelines. These comprehensive evidence reports are systematic literature reviews and are available to the public. The goal is to provide clinicians with a clinical practice guideline based on the best evidence available; to make recommendations based on that evidence; to inform clinicians of when there is no evidence; and finally, to help them deliver the best health care possible. Their journal Effective Clinical Practice is at: .

Evidence-based Healthcare

Evidence-based Healthcare provides health managers and policy makers with the best evidence available about the financing, organization and management of healthcare. For each issue of the Journal key articles are selected from over 70 of the most authoritative and respected journals in the field and reviewed in the form of a structured abstract and expert commentary. The concise and easy to read format presents the most essential, relevant and practical information, in a form easy to assimilate and understand. Evidence-based Healthcare covers the following types of studies: evaluations of financing and organisation of healthcare; evidence-based patient and public choice; health economics; health technology assessment; managing healthcare; promotion of evidence-based clinical practice; public health policy; purchasing.

Netting The Evidence

A ScHARR Introduction to Evidence Based Practice on the Internet As described on the web site: “Netting the Evidence is intended to facilitate evidence-based healthcare by providing support and access to helpful organisations and useful learning resources, such as an evidence-based virtual library, software and journals.”

Promising Practices Network (PPN)

The Promising Practices Network (PPN) web site highlights programs and practices that credible research indicates are effective in improving outcomes for children, youth, and families. The information offered is organized around three major areas: Proven and Promising Programs, Research in Brief, and Strengthening Service Delivery.

Research in Practice (RIP)

This research in practice website has five aims: to bring busy child care practitioners, managers and planners information about and access to good sources of research evidence; to support them in making judgements about the best use of that research; to assist their efforts to become more evidence based in their services for children and families; to provide information about research in practice, its aspirations, working methods and work in progress; to enable members of the wider public, including children and families, to have access to a range of good evidence and sources of more information. RIP a partnership between The Dartington Hall Trust, The Association of Directors of Social Services, The University of Sheffield with over 60 participating English local authorities and voluntary child care organizations.

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

SCIE is an independent organisation created in response to the British government drive to improve quality in social care services across England and Wales. Knowledge about what works in social care does exist, but it is often localised, patchy and seldom widely shared. A large part of SCIE's job is to gather and interpret this knowledge, and make it readily accessible to anyone who wants to use it, so that knowledge contributes to positive practice and policy change.

ELSC is an electronic library for social care maintained by SCIE. This site enables social care practitioners and managers to: have access to the best available research; learn the skills needed to understand and critically appraise research; have the tools to ensure that practice is based on solid evidence about what works.


Meta-Search Engines

TRIP (Turning Research Into Practice)

The TRIP Database searches over 75 sites of high-quality medical information. The TRIP Database gives you direct, hyperlinked access to the largest collection of 'evidence-based' material on the web as well as articles from premier on-line journals such as the BMJ, JAMA, NEJM etc.


*Descriptions of web sites are either direct quotes or adaptations from those provided on the respective sites.



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