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New Resource: JAMAevidence

April 7, 2017
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JAMAevidence includes three textbooks: Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature, 3rd ed.; The Rational Clinical Examination; Care at the Close of Life

In 1990, Dr. Gordon Guyatt, Internal Medicine residency program director at McMaster University in Canada began to teach using a new method which he called “Scientific Medicine.” He felt that many clinical decisions were not necessarily rooted in scientific fact and taught his residents to make such decisions based in part on evidence found in the published literature. It eventually evolved into what is currently called Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) or Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) or Evidence-Based Health Care (EBHC), combining a clinician’s experiences, well as information about the specific patient with the best evidence from journal articles.

JAMAevidence, an information resource now available to the Rutgers community via the Libraries, is a natural extension from Gordon Guyatt’s original ideas and educational program. In order to assist health professionals in the practice of evidence-based health care, JAMAevidence provides guides to the systematic consideration of validity, importance, and applicability of problems and outcomes in health care. It consists of three textbooks, user tools, and forms useful to the critical appraisal process.

Access JAMAevidence now by visiting our access page and clicking Connect: https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/indexes/jamaevidence

Want to learn more about EBM? Start with “History of evidence-based medicine” by Roger L. Sur and Phillip Dahm from the Division of Urology, UC San Diego, published in the open-access Indian Journal of Urology, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3263217/ .