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MEDEX: Introduction to the Health Sciences Library


About this Guide

Clinicians face an information overload making it difficult to quickly identify relevant, accurate and critically appraised patient care information.

This guide provides clinicians with evidence based tools, resources and information relevant to everyday patient care needs.

  • These resources help quickly and easily identify the most recent information on a clinical topic
    • Some resources help evaluate the validity of information
    • Some resources help stay up to date on new findings via search alerts


What are Point-of-Care Tools?

Point-of-Care tools are research and reference resources and tools that allow clinicians to quickly access evidence-based information while with the patient.


What is UpToDate?

UpToDate is clinical decision-making and patient education tool for point-of-care. 

NOTE: not all resources in UpToDate are critically appraised

Screenshot of UpToDate homepage

Use UpToDate to find evidence, resources and tools for

  1. Diagnosis 
  2. Treatment 
  3. Calculators
  4. Drug interactions
  5. and more 

UpToDate Tutorial

The following 4-minute video demonstrates

  1. how to access UpToDate
  2. how to search and navigate UpToDate
  3. how to find and print patient education materials

UpToDate on EPIC

Get information on

  1. Access
  2. Training

Access UpToDate

Create Account and Add to mobile device

UpToDate Mobile Access Tutorial 

This 4-minute UpToDate Mobile Access video demonstrates 

  1. how to create an UpToDate account
  2. how to connect the app to your UpToDate account
  3. account reauthentication 

Essential Evidence Plus

What is Essential Evidence Plus (EE+)?

Essential Evidence Plus provides evidence-based resources like topic summaries, guidelines, systematic reviews, calculators, images, and more to support your decisions at point-of-care. It covers the most common conditions, diseases and procedures clinicians come in contact with every day (over 13,000 topics).

NOTE: EE+ provides evidence grades for Topics and more

Screenshot of Essential Evidence Plus website home page

Use EE+ to find evidence, resources and tools for

  1. Prevention
  2. Diagnosis
  3. Treatment
  4. Prognosis
  5. Special Populations
  6. and more

Essential Evidence Plus Tutorial

The tutorial tells you

  1. what is EE+ and how it supports your clinical decision-making
  2. how to quickly and easily navigate EE+
  3. how to read an Essential Evidence Topic record

Essential Evidence Plus tutorial front page


Access Essential Evidence Plus

Get Patient Oriented Evidence that Matters (POEMS) Alerts

Sign up for daily POEMS email Alerts to quickly and easily stay up to date with best evidence for patient care by creating an EE+ Account and signing up

Create Account and Add to mobile device

  1. Go to EE+ homepage link (above)
  2. Click 'My Account' (top of page)
  3. Click ' Register' in 'Access Your Personal Profile'
  4. View confirmation notice
  5. Add EE+ to mobile device using these instructions
  6. Log in via mobile device

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

What is U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)?

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force provides evidence-based recommendations to prevent disease and prolong life by providing guidance on health conditions and diseases. It applies to patients without symptoms of a specific disease or condition.

NOTE: USPSTF guidelines adhere to Institute of Medicine standards of best practices

Screenshot of U.S. Preventive Services Task Force logo

Use USPSTF to find evidence-based recommendations for patients in or referred from primary care on

  1. Screening
  2. Behavioral Counseling
  3. Preventive Medications

About U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

The following 2-minute video describes 

  1. who is USPSTF
  2. what information is provided by USPSTF
  3. how evidence-based recommendations about disease prevention are developed

Access U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Add to mobile device

PubMed Clinical Queries

What is PubMed Clinical Queries?

Clinical Queries is a tool that helps you quickly search for evidence-based research on a clinical topic in PubMed by filtering for type of study and more.

NOTE: not all resources found using Clinical Queries are critically appraised

Screenshot of PubMed Clinical Queries website home page

Use Clinical Queries to search PubMed for a clinical topic using pre-constructed filters that find evidence by clinical study categories

  1. Therapy
  2. Clinical prediction guides
  3. Diagnosis
  4. Etiology
  5. Prognosis

Clinical Queries Tutorial

The following interactive tutorial demonstrates 

  1. how to access Clinical Queries
  2. how to search by disease
  3. how to filter Clinical Queries by study type and sensitivity/specificity
  4. how to navigate results

Image of and Link to PubMed Clinical Queries tutorial

Access Clinical Queries

Add to mobile device