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Besides the content on HUBNET, there is a wealth of other resources at your fingertips. Watch or read tutorials to get more familiar with evidence based medicine concepts or database searching. Find grant opportunities, statistics, or clinical trials. Retrieve additional electronic books or journal articles.

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Evidence Based Medicine

"Evidence based medicine is the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research."

Sackett, David L, Rosenberg, William M C, Gray, J A Muir, Haynes, R Brian, & Richardson, W Scott. (1996). Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't. BMJ, 312(7023), 71-72. doi: 10.1136/bmj.312.7023.71

Evidence Based Medicine Tutorials
  • Evidence Based Medicine Tutorial – Mount Sinai. An introduction and four modules (Ask, Acquire, Appraise, Apply) will familiarize you with EBM basics.
  • Evidence-Based Medicine Tutorials – University of Massachusetts. Four exercises (Prognosis, Therapy, Diagnosis, and Etiology) will help you to define your question, develop a search strategy, determine what kind of information you need to answer your question, and use PubMed to find literature to support your decision-making.
  • Evidence-Based Practice – Yale University. Pick and choose between ten brief 3-7 minute videos which provide an overview to EBP or specific databases like Cochrane, Medline/PubMed, and TRIP. There is also a “Finding Evidence in PubMed” guide.

Hubnet

A collection of resources purchased by area hospitals and the University at Buffalo. If you are affiliated with the University at Buffalo, you can log in remotely with your UBIT name and password. Non-UB users can request an account to use these resources remotely.

Practice Guidelines

Practice guidelines are recommendations based on thorough, systematic reviews of the most current and reliable scientific and medical evidence available. Guidelines are usually issued by professional or governmental organizations and are used by clinicians to help make informed decisions about patient care.

  • Agency for Health Care Research and Quality  – “Tools, Recommendations, and Resources for Clinicians and Providers and Hospitals and Health Systems.” Contains the National Guideline Clearinghouse which is a great place to find evidence based practice guidelines. Search by topic, compare guidelines, or locate annotated bibliographies.
  • Centers of Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines and Recommendations – Nearly 500 guidelines or recommendations from the CDC. Read a summary and download the full version. Narrow the results by diseases and conditions or sort by relevance, date modified, or title. Be sure to limit the results to current since some guidelines or recommendations have been retired or superseded. The CDC also releases a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report to “relay policy statements for prevention and treatment on all areas in CDC’s scope of responsibility.”
  • Health Information Privacy – Learn more about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • NIH Clinical Alerts and Advisories – Urgent information about clinical trials that impact morbidity and mortality can be found here.
  • NIH Consensus Development Program – NIH led conferences lead to consensus statements that center on a particular issue or topic. Previous statements include localized prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, and lactose intolerance.
  • Cardiology Guidelines – Features a list of select guidelines from various professional societies with links to full text. Created by the Kaleida Health Libraries in March 2013.

Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a human subject research study that is designed to evaluate new medical strategies, treatments, or devices. The results of these rigorous studies help clinicians make more sound decisions, govern what modalities are safe and effective, and drive innovation in the field.

  • CenterWatch – Patient and professional resources linking to clinical trials and related information, produced by a publishing and information services company.
  • Clinical Trials – The National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine site that provides information about current clinical research studies.

Health Administration and Grants

Learn more about health care advocacy and hospital research, trends, and accreditation. Search and apply for grants from the federal government.

  • American Hospital Association – Read up on advocacy issues, performance improvement, research & trends, and products & services. Search the AHA Resource Center Catalog for materials in the AHA Library.
  • The Foundation Center – “The world’s leading source of information on philanthropy, fundraising, and grant programs.” Find funders by name, state, or zip code. Identify top funders and review statistics.
  • Grant Information for Current and Prospective HHS Grantees – HHS supports hundreds of programs through non-discretionary and discretionary grant awards.
  • grants.gov – Find and apply for federal grants. Registration is required to apply. Track the status of your application.
  • DNV – Accredits and certifies hospitals across the country. Manages risk and promotes quality by “integrating ISO 9001 quality compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.” Includes information on Hospital Accreditation, Stoke Center Certifications, and Critical Access Hospital Accreditation.

Electronic Books and Journals

Digital versions of books or journal articles. Available any time, any place.

Books
  • HUBNET Electronic Books – Click Electronic Books on the HUBNET homepage to access nursing and medical textbooks. Sort by name, vendor, or subject. If you are affiliated with the University at Buffalo, you can log in remotely with your UBIT name and password. Non-UB users can request an account to use these resources remotely.
  • NCBI Bookshelf – “Provides free access to books and documents in life sciences and healthcare.”
Journals
  • HUBNET Electronic Journals – Search or browse by title. If you are affiliated with the University at Buffalo, you can log in remotely with your UBIT name and password. Non-UB users can request an account to use these resources remotely.
  • PubMed – A huge collection of citations from biomedical journals, books, and Medline. Some free full text is available.
  • BioMed Central – Open access (free!) content from over 250 peer-reviewed journals in the fields of science, technology, and medicine.
  • HighWire Press – Brought to you by Stanford University, HighWire makes millions of full text articles available for free. Some publications make their content accessible after a set time period, within a certain date range, or during a trial period.
  • Free Medical Journals.com – “Over 2000 free medical journals. Daily presentations of new journals. Free subscription to the journal alerts.”
  • National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Lists sites that share free or open access content.

Professional Development

Licensure and certification information and directories of professional organizations in a wide range of medical fields.

  • New York State Nurses Association – Links to other useful sites containing information on nursing organizations, jobs, nursing resources, and more.
  • Permits, Licenses, and Certifications – New York State Department of Health. Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing & Other Professional Licensure (NYS Education Department), Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Certification, Graduate Medical Education, and Nurse Aid are some of the links on this site.
  • American Medical Association –  Sections for physicians, residents, and medical students. Tabs with information about resources and medical education. National Board of Medical Examiners – Find out more about the kinds of assessments that are conducted pre and post-licensing.
  • USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) – Any questions about what to expect on the USMLE? Visit this site for a comprehensive overview. Includes FAQs, the application, and practice materials.
  • Dirline (Directory of Health Organizations) – Search for organizations by name, acronym, keyword, or MeSH Heading (Medical Subject Heading).

Statistics

Find statistical or epidemiological information regarding diseases, morbidity and mortality, and health care costs. Also includes links to sources of socioeconomic, demographic, and educational data.

  • NYS Department of Health Statistics & Data – New York State statistics on a variety of topics from AIDS/HIV to the West Nile Virus. Some county statistics are available, too.
  • Global Health Observatory – World Health Organization. Find data from 194 countries including annual summaries and topic specific reports. Review statistics by country or view maps of the world according to themes like child health and tobacco control.
  • National Center for Health Statistics – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. FastStats (statistics by topic), new data briefs and publications, fact sheets, injury data, and growth charts are available for you to learn more about health in the United States.
  • ChildStats.gov – Forum on Child and Family Statistics. “Features statistics on children and families in the United States across a range of domains, including family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education and health.” Check out their yearly report and find recent news on their home page.
  • FedStats – Statistics from over 100 agencies. Search by topic, geographic location, or agency.
  • US Census Bureau – For health-related information and demographic statistics, go to the People tab. From here, you’ll find age and sex, births, children, deaths, disability, fertility, health insurance, income, race, and well-being.

Tutorials

Kaleida Health Libraries offer many databases and other resources through HUBNET; an extensive and varied portal to health information. Learn how to use these tools (for example, Medline, CINAHL, and Nursing Reference Center) to locate information that you can use in your research or practice. For publishing assistance, watch a tutorial on EndNote, a citation management program, or visit several sites on writing styles to fine tune the reference section of your publication. If you need additional assistance, contact us!

Database Training
  • Ovid – includes Medline and Evidence Based Medicine Reviews tutorials and live and pre-recorded sessions.
  • PubMed – Quick Tours and Webcasts provide training any time, any place. Learn how to search by author or subject, search for a journal, construct a more complex search, use filters, save searches, and create bibliographies.
  • CINAHL– Register for free webinars or view pre-recorded tutorials about using CINAHL, a database with a focus on nursing and allied health. Basic and advanced searching techniques are presented, along with instructions for creating journal or search alerts.
  • Nursing Reference Center– Watch tutorials on your computer or iPhone or read the user guide or help sheets available on the site.
  • EndNote– Understand the features of this citation manager so that you can maintain a library of references and full text, organize your collection, and create bibliographies. Get training in live webinars, pre-recorded video tutorials, or by reading the online user guide.
  • Clinical Key – Use the Quick Tips pane in the middle of the page to view tutorials that will help get you started with a guided tour or an explanation of features like auto suggest, filters, or the preview pane. A user guide and a "Quick Reference Card" are available under Clinical Key Support: Usage Resources.
  • DynaMed – Learn how to conduct a basic search or use DynaMed on a Blackberry, iPhone, or iPod touch. Use the links on the left hand side of the page to delve into more specific topics like searching, browsing, and viewing results.
Citation Formatting
  • Duke University Libraries: Citing Sources – Give credit where it’s due. Let Duke University steer you in the right direction. Familiarize yourself by reading guides to APA, MLA, Chicago, CSE, and Turabian styles.
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab Research (OWL) Research and Citation Resources – This comprehensive website details how to cite sources in various formats according to APA, MLA, or Chicago styles. OWL resources will help you get started with tips on conducting and using research.
  • American Psychological Association (APA) – Besides providing ways to purchase the style guide, the official site of the APA includes tutorials on APA basics and what’s new in the most recent edition. Find learning resources by topic and type under the Learning APA Style tab.