PubMed Health can
be a wonderful utility for Physicians and Clinicians in terms of finding evidence-based practice and comparative effectiveness for
interventions at the point-of-care. [Please note : PubMed Health is different from PubMed Medline.]
Clinical effectiveness research show us “what works” in medicine
and health care. For example, does a given intervention relieve symptoms, or shorten recovery time, or extend life?
Some other terms for this type of research are patient-relevant
outcomes, or health technology assessments, or evidence synthesis, or comparative
The whole purpose of
PubMed Health is:
1) to help people find
systematic reviews on treatment interventions, and
understand what they find.
The PubMed Health Collection consists of :
- 40,000 systematic reviews since 2003 (including Cochrane
- Over 6,000 consumer versions
- 1,000 EBP Clinical Guides [articles]
for consumers and clinicians
- 2,000 PubMed Health Glossary entries
To that end, PubMed Health is geared more
towards “public” (rather than professional) searchers; for
example, it works more with keywords and brand names for drugs than
You’ll find a link to PubMed Health on the Physician &
Provider Tool Box. Check the right
side, in the box “If you only have 5 minutes.”
Webinar: Finding Systematic Reviews at PubMed Health and PubMed
A recording of
the Webinar is available. [About 21 min.] Join Hilda Bastian for a
brief instructional Webinar on finding systematic reviews using PubMed
Health and PubMed. This is a free Webinar from the NLM Training Office.
The whole purpose of PubMed Health is:
2) to understand what they find.