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Information Sources

In an evidence-based world, we need, well, evidence. And with so much available to choose from, how do we decide what to use. One way is to become familiar with some of the better sources of information. You already know we have good-quality journals in our profession, but beyond those and others in the healthcare world, what else might we use. This column will provide you a list of good and trustworthy resources.

  • The Chiropractic Report (http://www.chiropracticreport.com). This is an excellent source of chiropractic news from around the globe. It summarizes information effectively and can give background information on a wide range of topics.
  • The Back Letter (http://journals.lww.com/backletter/pages/default.aspx). This provides an overview of information related to the management of back pain. It includes everything from surgical information to conservative, manipulative care.
  • Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (http://www.cebm.utoronto.ca). This is a great site for information about how to teach EBCP, how to use EBCp and how to locate great resources related to EBCP. It has online tools you can use (such as online interactive likehood ratio generator) and a wealth of information that I refer to regularly.
  • Centre for Review and Dissemination (http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd). This site provides links to their search engines and their reviews. They investigate the effects of healthcare interventions by providing in-depth reviews.
  • The Cochrane Library (http://www.cochranelibrary.com/). This is an extensive and influential database of systematic reviews related to healthcare interventions. There are numerous links to papers highly significant to chiropractic. These are elegant and complex reviews.
  • eMedicine (http://www.emedicine.com ). This is Medscape. It gives you access to a wide range of information related to the background, diagnosis, work-up, management and follow-up for many conditions, including musculoskeletal ones.
  • UpToDate (http://www.uptodate.com). This requires a subscription but it is a huge inventory of information related to the management of a wide range of conditions.
  • Natural Standard Database (http://health.naturalstandard.com/databases/). This is a misnomer, as this is a collection of databases. There are databases covering foods, herbs and supplements; one on health and wellness; a comparative effectiveness database; one on medical conditions; etc. Disclaimer: I am on their editorial board. This is an excellent source of information related to diagnosis and treatment, and also to studying interactions between supplements and drugs, for example.

This is only a small bit of information on this subject. So many more good sites are available. These are a good start.

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