Looking for Clinical Effectiveness Research? – Search PubMed Health

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PubMed Health ”specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports. Clinical effectiveness research finds answers to the question “What works?” in medical and health care.

“A search on PubMed Health runs simultaneously in PubMed. A filter is used to identify all the indexed scientific articles at the NLM that might be systematic reviews.” PubMed Health contents include DARE reviews, executive summaries, clinical guides, full text systematic reviews, and consumer information.

DARE or “Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects” Reviews “contains details of systematic reviews that evaluate the effects of healthcare interventions and the delivery and organization of health services.”

Executive Summaries are exactly what they sound like. A subject expert has read a systematic review and written a summary of the important information contained in the review.

The consumer health information contains information similar to that in the executive summaries but is written in “plain language” rather than medical terms.

PubMed Health can be accessed from the PubMed homepage. Under the Popular column at the bottom of the page is a link to PubMed Health. To search PubMed Health, use a keyword search or browse the Contents section.

Happy searching!