Clinical Tools: A Quick Connection to the Evidence

Seeking quick and reliable answers to your clinical questions? Look no further than the library’s Clinical Tools page! Here you will find a handy list of links to point-of-care resources, decision-support tools, core eBooks, guidelines, and patient education information.

Some of these include:

  • DynaMed Plus, which provides evidence-based clinical information concerning diseases, drugs, and other therapies that is highly useful when making decisions about patient care.
  • The ability to craft a single search for your patient’s problem/intervention and easily review results from multiple clinical tools including: UpToDate, ACP Journal Club, Cochrane Library, ClinicalKey, Lexicomp, PubMed, & Medline Plus.
  • TheNNT, a resource developed by a group of physicians who developed a framework and rating system to evaluate therapies based on their patient-important benefits and harms as well as a system to evaluate diagnostics by patient sign, symptom, lab test or study. Calculating the number needed to treat (NNT) is one way to help you determine the efficacy of certain treatments, particularly if you balance the NNT with an examination of overall treatment harms and costs. Very simply, the NNT is the number of patients to whom you would need to give an intervention to positively affect one. The NNT website allows you to explore the NNT for a variety of medical conditions and treatments. Not only does the site provide the NNT as well as harms or costs, but it also gives you a color-coded summary for a particular treatment.
  • Many more point-of-care tools, including the familiar UpToDate and the drug resource Lexicomp.

 An excellent complement to our Clinical Tools page is the Mobile Apps guide.

For assistance with any of our resources or for more in-depth help with clinical questions, please contact the Duke Medical Center Librarians via email at medical-librarian@duke.edu!