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Point of Care Resources

Resources that support direct patient care, including some Evidence-Based resources.

Evidence Based Point of Care Resources

ACP's PIER
A resource from the American College of Physicians that provides evidence-based point-of-care resources for a variety of medical conditions, procedures, and screenings. Daily news updates and medical ethics resources are also available. Drug information is provided via the latest edition of AHFS DI Essentials.

Essential Evidence Plus (formerly InfoPOEMS)
Clinical awareness system that highlights important new evidence via DailyPOEMs ("Patient-Oriented Evidence that Matters"). This resource also includes evidence based practice guidelines, ICD-9 coding information, dermatologic differential diagnosis, and Continuing Medical Education. A PDA version is available.

EvidenceMatters (included with the Joanna Brigg Institute)
A pull down menu-based therapeutic outcome tool with additional links to PubMed citations. A comparison of two or more therapies is also available. Due to the menu-based system, only a limited number of disorders are searchable.

National Guidelines Clearinghouse
A comprehensive freely available database of clinical practice guidelines and related documents. The criteria used to develop each guideline is identified in the "Evidence Supporting the Recommendations" section.

Nursing Reference Center
A collection of point of care nursing resources that includes disease-based point of care sheets (including evidence-based care sheets), drug information from the Davis Drug Guide, patient education sheets from the Health Library, legal case information, and research instrument information. Free continuing education is also provided with individual registration.

PubMed Clinical Queries
This is a search interface of PubMed that helps locate evidence-based articles of a clinical nature.


Non-Evidence Based Point of Care Resources

Access Emergency Medicine
An integrated collection of emergency medicine textbooks, videos, atlases, drug information, and patient education resources aimed at providing current operative, procedural, and differential diagnosis information. Free board review resources are available with individual registration.

Access Surgery
An integrated collection of surgical textbooks, videos, atlases, drug information, and patient education resources aimed at providing current operative, procedural, and differential diagnosis information. Free board review resources are available with individual registration.

Current Consult Medicine (formerly Griffith’s 5 Minute Clinical Consult)
A quick reference for the diagnosis and treatment of common medical disorders. Limited evidence-based information is available.

Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment
A core reference for common medical disorders, with the focus of diagnosis and treatment. Additional Currents titles are also available via Stat!Ref.

Davis's Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests - With Nursing Implications
A basic nursing reference for common laboratory values and diagnostic tests.

Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide
A combination disorder and system-based review guide to emergency care situations.

Harrison's Online
This resource includes the complete current edition of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. Also included are the differential diagnosis interface Diagnosaurus, drug monographs, Current Practice Guidelines in Primary Care, current health news, and patient education information.

Health Assessment & Physical Examination
A nursing based guide to physical examinations and health assessments.

McGraw-Hill's Manual of Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests
A basic reference for common laboratory values and diagnostic tests.

Medscape Clinical Cases
This is a listing of clinical cases in all medical specialities. CME/CE is available for many of the cases. Access is available with free registration to Medscape.

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
A basic core text for the diagnosis and therapy of common medical problems.

Professional Guide to Signs and Symptoms
A basic-level handbook for the identification of common medical disorders.

PsychiatryOnline
A collection of core psychiatric textbooks, journals, American Psychiatric Association practice guidelines, patient education guides, and self-assessment quizzes.

Red Book Online
This free online text focuses on pediatric disorders and includes vaccination schedule information and current health news.

UpToDate
This is a clinical information resource that provides current expert opinions on patient care, diagnosis, and treatment options. Evidence based grading is only available for a limited number of reviews updated since 2008. Additionally, this resource utilizes Lexi-Comp for drug information.

VisualDx
A multi-symptom differential diagnosis database that utilizes radiographic images, dermatologic photographs, and illustrations for diagnostic assistance.

Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics
A core medical handbook for the diagnosis and treatment of medical disorders.