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PubMed @ NYU: EBP/Filters/Clinical Queries

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EBP and Filtering PubMed Results

Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) is defined as: "The conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients." (Sackett, Straus, Richardson, Rosenberg, & Haynes, 2000).

Searching PubMed and filtering for best evidence can be done by applying categorical limits to your PubMed searches, or by using the pre-formulated filters: Clinical Queries, and Special Queries.

Filter (or apply LIMITS) to your search results to:

Preformulated LIMITS have been created to assist you in filtering results:

    • Health Services Research (HSR) filters: A search interface to find PubMed citations relating to health care quality or to health care costs (Pubmed equivalents)
    • Healthy People 2020: Structured Evidence Queries (SEQs) retrieves citations to published literature related to Healthy People 2020 topic areas and objectives.
    • MORE

Set up your own filters in My NCBI. (First read about setting up your "MY NCBI" account.)

Clinical Queries

Access PubMed Clinical Queries from PubMed@NYU -- choose Clinical Queries from the center column, Tools

To find citations using the Clinical Study Category:

  1. Click Clinical Queries from the PubMed homepage.
  2. Enter your search terms in the search box.
  3. Select a Category: Therapy, Diagnosis, Etiology, Prognosis, or Clinical prediction guides.
  4. Select a Scope: Narrow (specific search) or Broad (sensitive search).
  5. Click Search.