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Selected Evidence-Based
Public Health Web Sites,
Listed in Alphabetical Order

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
(AHRQ):

<http://www.ahrq.gov/>

This government organization's mission is "to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans," all of which are important components of evidence-based public health.  The site offers links to evidence-based practice reports and reviews as well as clinical practice guidelines. 

Bandolier:
Evidence Based Thinking about Health Care:
<http://www.medicine.ox.ac.uk/bandolier/>

Bandolier is a UK (United Kingdom)-based website with links to a monthly evidence-based journal, a glossary of EBM (evidence-based medicine) terms, and a knowledge library of varied topics excerpted from systematic reviews, meta-analyses, randomized trials, and high quality observational studies.

Cancer.gov (National Cancer Institute):
<http://www.cancer.gov/>

A premier government website for cancer epidemiology, statistics, clinical trial, and research and funding information.  It's noted that the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences adheres to evidence-based standards of cancer control in identifying prevention and intervention strategies.

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine
(University Health Network):
<http://www.cebm.utoronto.ca/>

A companion site to the well-known David Sackett book, Evidence-based Medicine: How to practice and teach EBM.  The website features EBM resources for undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as continuing education materials for health care professionals.

CINAHL
(Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health)
<http://www.cinahl.com/>

NOTE: subscription is required for database access.

From CINAHL Information Systems, this database features over 1200 nursing, allied health, consumer health, biomedicine, and health sciences librarianship journals from 1982 to present. Additional citations for selected books, dissertations, and conference proceedings are included.

Cochrane Library
<http://www.cochranelibrary.com/>

NOTE: subscription is required for full-text access.

From the Cochrane Collaboration, this online library is a collection of evidence-based medicine databases including Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Database of Abstracts of Reviews and Effectiveness (DARE), Cochrane Controlled Trials Register (CCTR), NHS (National Health Service-UK) Economic Evaluation Database, Health Technology Assessment Database, and Cochrane Database of Methodology Reviews (CDMR). While the review abstracts are searchable free of charge, full-text is only available by subscription.

Community Toolbox:
Bringing Solutions to Light:
<http://ctb.ku.edu/>

One of the fundamental elements of evidence-based public health is identifying scientific evidence for policy and decision-making.  This site is a treasure trove of information for understanding health policy development at the community level.

Dal Libraries:
Kellogg Library:
Best Evidence Resources for
Effective Health Care:
<http://www.library.dal.ca/kellogg/
bestevidence/evidence.htm
>

Sponsored by Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, this website features best evidence databases, clinical guidelines, clinical trials, websites, and an evidence-based glossary, calculator, and sources for handheld computing devices.

Effective Public Health Practice Project
(Hamilton, Canada):
<http://www.ephpp.ca/aboutus.html
EPHPP/AboutEPHPP.asp
>

Evidence is essential to fostering evidence-based practice and decision-making in all health care sectors and professions. The products from the EPHPP are a resource for evidence-based decision-making in public health in Ontario and Canada. EPHPP conducts systematic reviews on the effectiveness of public health interventions, and summarizes recent, high quality reviews produced by others. Although EPHPP reviews focus on public health interventions, review methodology and results are frequently of interest to a broader audience of service and research professionals. The range of review topics is broad. Approximately 4 new reviews and at least 4 new summary statements are completed annually.

ERIC
(Educational Resources Information Center):
<http://www.eric.ed.gov/>

ERIC is a national information system funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide access to education literature, including evidence-based school health resources.

The European Observatory on
Health Systems and Policies:
<http://www.euro.who.int/observatory>

The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making for health care systems in Europe. The Observatory is a partnership between the WHO Regional Office for Europe; the Governments of Finland, Greece, Norway, Spain and Sweden; the European Investment Bank; Open Society Institute; World Bank; London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.  Research topics include health care reform, policy and performance, health insurance, hospitals, mental health policy, pharmaceuticals, and primary health care.

Grey Literature Report:
<http://www.greylit.org/>

This report is published quarterly by The New York Academy of Medicine to identify new grey literature resources as they are added to the academy's collection.

Guide to Community Preventive Services:
Systematic Reviews and Evidence Based
Recommendations:
<http://www.thecommunityguide.org/>

The Guide to Community Preventive Services is being developed by an independent, non-federal task force appointed by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The task force reviews and evaluates evidence-based materials on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of community preventive health services.  Topics covered include cancer, diabetes, substance abuse, nutrition, pregnancy, tobacco, and vaccines. 

Evidence-Based Practice (University of Washington):
<http://libguides.hsl.washington.edu/ebp>

A useful list of web resources, organized by category: meta-search engines, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, evidence guidelines, clinical research critiques, case reports and practice guidelines, evidence calculators, evidence-based practice statistics, and evidence-based research centers.

Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries (Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce):
<https://phpartners.org/hp2020/>

Pre-formulated PubMed search strategies to find peer-reviewed research to support the development of evidence-based interventions to achieve Healthy People 2020 objectives.

The Lamar Soutter Library:
University of Massachusetts Medical School:
Evidence-Based Practice for Public Health Project:

<http://library.umassmed.edu/ebpph/>

This website provides free online access to evidence-based public health (EBPH) resources, knowledge domains of public health, and public health journals and databases. The resources are arranged along a pathway of evidence to allow public health practitioners to easily find and use the best evidence to develop and implement effective interventions, programs, and policies.

The Lamar Soutter Library:
University of Massachusetts Medical School:
Evidence-Based Practice for Public Health Project:
Public Health Bibliographic Databases
:
<http://library.umassmed.edu/ebpph/dblist.cfm>

A direct link to the project website's comprehensive list of public health databases.

MAPP: Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships [NACCHO
(National Association of County and
City Health Officials)]:
<http://www.naccho.org/topics/infrastructure/MAPP/index.cfm>

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) is a community-wide strategic planning tool for improving community health. Facilitated by public health leadership, this tool helps communities prioritize public health issues and identify resources for addressing them.

The site features a list of evidence-based health care resources sponsored by the Medical Library Association.  Links to tutorials, search filters, practice guidelines and systematic reviews, and journals. 

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)
<http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/>

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this website provides full-text access to the MMWR, and it links to state health departments and public health organizations from around the world. Also includes disease trends and continuing education opportunities.

National Guidelines Clearinghouse
<http://www.guideline.gov/>

Sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), this website provides clinical practice guidelines of systematically developed statements with recommendations, strategies, and other information that assists health care providers in making appropriate health care decisions. The guidelines are produced by a formally recognized society, organization, or agency and have been developed, reviewed or revised within the last five years. (See "Criteria for Inclusion" for details.)

National Information Center on
Health Services Research &
Health Care Technology (NICHSR)
<https://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/nichsr.html>

From: the National Library of Medicine (NLM), this site covers health services research, clinical practice guidelines, and health care technology and assessment. Specific resources that are accessible include the Health Services Research (HSR) databases, HSRProj (Health Services Research Project in Progress), HSTAT (Health Services/Technology Assessment Text), and DIRLINE (Directory of Information Resources Online).  The site also features a Pilot Health Services Research (HSR) Filters Project with two filters, one to health care quality queries and one to health care cost queries at
<https://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/hedges
/search.html
>.

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce: Literature and Guidelines:
<https://phpartners.org/guide.html>

A frequently cited resource in Ross C. Brownson's Evidence Based Public Health (2003), the Partners project is a collaboration of government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries. The website provides links to public health literature and guidelines, including journal articles, journals, newsletters, reports and other publications.

PubMed
<http://www.pubmed.gov/>

From the National Library of Medicine (NLM), PubMed provides coverage of over 14 million records from 4,600 biomedical journals. PubMed offers many features for searching the biomedical literature, including search limits and filters relevant to searching for best evidence resources.

SAMHSA'S (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration): Evidence-Based Practices KITs
<http://store.samhsa.gov/list/series?name=Evidence-Based-Practices-KITs>

This government website offers resource kits in support of evidence-based practices in mental health.

TOXNET:
<http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/>

This website provides access to a suite of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, risk information systems, chemical synonyms and structures, and toxic release information.

TRIP Database
<http://www.tripdatabase.com/>

NOTE: subscription is required for full-text access.

Developed by Jon Brassey in 1997, this database assembles a variety of Internet evidence-based health care resources. A basic version can be searched free of charge. The enhanced database, TRIP Plus, includes peer-reviewed journals, e-textbooks, medical images, and patient information leaflets, and it requires a subscription to access. TRIP Plus is updated monthly.

World Health Organization: Regional Office for Europe: Evidence (Access to WHO's Evidence-Based Information and Policy:
<http://www.euro.who.int/InformationSources
/Evidence/20010827_1
>

The website offers links to Evidence and Information for Policy, identifying cost-effectiveness of health care interventions and to the Health Evidence Network which features a small library of synthesis reports and links to evidence-based web resources.


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