BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice, a tool that “supports decision making at the point of care” and can be accessed via the MSK Library’s A-Z list of Databases, has replaced BMJ Clinical Evidence.

BMJ Clinical Evidence is now discontinued, however, starting in June 2018, the complete archive of the BMJ Clinical Evidence content can be searched via the PubMed database and is available in free full-text via PubMed Central (PMC). The PDF articles available via PMC are exactly the same as those that could be obtained previously from BMJ Clinical Evidence. For an example, see:

Pay A. Malignant melanoma (non-metastatic): sentinel lymph node biopsy. BMJ Clin Evid. 2016 Jan 19;2016. pii: 1705. Review. PubMed PMID: 26788739; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4720216.

On the BMJ Best Practice website, the publisher explains the change:

“We conducted extensive research with healthcare professionals around the world to understand how you use evidence to support your work. You told us that you wanted a single source of evidence-based answers to critical, real-world, clinical questions. And that you wanted these answers delivered quickly and succinctly at the point-of-care, with easy access to guideline summaries and practice-changing evidence.”

According to the publisher, BMJ Best Practice’s new features include (2:08min video):

  • A modern, fresh user interface and navigation
  • Improved differential diagnosis tables and treatment algorithms
  • Videos of the most common clinical procedures
  • Enhanced page designs with quick links to increase speed to answer
  • More than 250 integrated medical calculators
  • Patient discussions and nearly 400 patient leaflets
  • The latest evidence from Cochrane Clinical Answers
  • Plus an award-winning app that can be used offline, ensuring that you always have the information you need, when you need it.

BMJ Best Practice teaming up with Cochrane Clinical Answers is a particularly strong value-add, as is their addition of an EBM Toolkit that provides: “Fundamentals to learn, practise and discuss EBM”. Also – BMJ Best Practice appears to be doing a great job of compiling guidelines, something that may be very critical now more than ever as valuable tools like the AHRQ’s National Guideline Clearinghouse have lost their funding (as of July 2018). For example, see this BMJ Best Practice compilation of guidelines related to cervical cancer.

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