(2004; 45 pages)
Using secondary sources: evidence-based reviews and guidelines
For more current therapeutic information, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical guidelines can be a good source of therapeutic information for the NF when local treatment guidelines do not exist or are in need of review.
Of several databases containing reviews about the effectiveness of health care interventions the Cochrane database of systematic reviews available within the Cochrane Library8 is one of the best sources of rigorously conducted systematic reviews.
Current evidence-based clinical practice guidelines are often published in primary journals or can be accessed in guideline databases using the Internet. The web site of the Guidelines International Network (GIN)9 provides a portal to selected links to international guideline databases10 and organizations producing guidelines. WHO treatment guidelines are available in the WHO Essential Medicines Library.11