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Systematic Reviews Made Easily Accessible – Part 2: Where Can Systematic Reviews and Clinical Studies be Found and How do I Achieve Current Awareness?

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2017.0420–0424

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Bernd Richter, Maria-Inti Metzendorf

Keywords: Cochrane Library systematic review alert services ClinicalTrials.gov

Summary: The Cochrane Library is the most important and reliable source for high-quality systematic reviews. On www.cochranelibrary.com access is free to all abstracts and plain language summaries. Additionally the full text of Cochrane reviews is released 12 months after their first publication. The summary of findings table, integrating the most important patient-relevant outcomes, is the central part of every Cochrane review. PubMed‘s „Clinical Queries“ feature facilitates specific searching for systematic reviews by combining existing search filters with simple search strategies. PubMed does not only offer abstracts but increasingly free access to numerous full text publications. PubMed Health offers another easy access option not only for professional users but also for the general public. The Trip Medical Database offers a simple and advanced search interface with the possibility to investigate the search results according to various types of publications. ClinicalTrials.gov is a trials register of ongoing and completed trials covering both protocol-like information and also study results. With the help of search interfaces it is possible to perform simple and complex searches. These tools offer a time-effective and highly specific access to substantial information for the family practitioner. Thereby, it is feasible to keep up-to-date with relatively little efforts.


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