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Finding Evidence-Based Answers to Clinical Questions – Quickly and Effectively

Finding Evidence-Based Answers to Clinical Questions - Quickly and Effectively
Type Example: Resources to consider:

Focused Clinical Question

In a toddler with croup, do glucocorticoids reduce symptoms?


PubMed Clinical Queries

Cochrane Library 

Embase (Top Menu Search dropdown, choose "PICO")

General Question

What are the symptoms of menopause?

I have a new patient with lupus and I need to learn about it.



Calculator, Rule, Table, Lab Result, Procedure or Test Question

What is the dosing conversion for lorazepam and diazepam?


Lexi-Comp Online (for drugs)

Preventive Guidelines Question

What is the current guideline for management of type 2 diabetes in adults?

What are the recommended screening guidelines for your new patient?

PubMed (use article type filter to limit to "practice guidelines")


Drug Related Question

Are the two IV infusion drugs, cefazolin and acetaminophen compatible at the Y-site?

Lexi-Comp Online


Patient Information Question


Where can I find some nutrition information for my newly-diagnosed patient with diabetes?


Medline Plus

Mayo Clinic 

Lexi-Comp Online

Skin Rash Related Question

Does this patient have rosacea?

Fitzpatrick's dermatology in general medicine

Travel Related Question

What are the most important elements of a medical history in an ill returned traveler?


Immunization Question

What is the appropriate anatomic site and needle length for intramuscular and subcutaneous vaccine injection by age and weight?

CDC Vaccine and Immunization 

Immunization Action Coalition


Adapted in part from Dartmouth College Biomedical Libraries' Finding Evidence-Based Answers to Clinical Questions-Quickly and Effectively