The contribution of information technology to improving clinicians' access to high quality evidence

Int J Psychiatry Med. 1999;29(3):287-92. doi: 10.2190/J4TH-DNQR-8UR3-AF8A.


Objective: Rapid access to the results of high quality research studies for real time use during clinical care is the aim of evidence-based medicine.

Methods: The current volume and methods of disseminating research findings are barriers to this goal. Electronic publishing, CD-ROMs for personal computers, and Internet-based databases and searching are tools helping to overcome these barriers.

Results: Several examples in the United Kingdom and United States employing these tools are described.

Conclusions: Technology is making traditional narrative reviews such as printed textbooks obsolete for the practice of evidence-based medicine.

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Bibliographic / trends*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / trends*
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Online Systems / trends*
  • Publishing / trends*
  • Review Literature as Topic
  • United Kingdom
  • United States