How is PubMed Clinical different from that available at www.pubmed.gov?
PubMed Clinical provides a simple method for sorting different types of articles and evidence to make it easier for you to assess your PubMed search results. We recognize that finding high-quality evidence for clinical decisions can be time-consuming due to the quantity of information available. The goal of these PubMed filters is to reduce your searching time in order to allow more time for you to read and analyze available information.
What is different about PubMed Clinical?
The only change in PubMed Clinical is that search results are sorted into four groups which are listed under four links on the right-hand side of the search results area. The four groups are:
How were the results' groupings selected?
The groupings reflect Himmelfarb Library's instruction in searching PubMed for clinical information. This instruction, in part, trains users to limit searches by publication type (e.g. practice guideline, randomized controlled trial, etc.) and to articles written in English. The search strategy for the EBM/Clinical Reviews filter is based heavily on PubMed Clinical Queries' systematic reviews filter.
Can I link to full-text articles through PubMed Clinical?
Yes, you can link to full-text articles in PubMed Clinical. Himmelfarb Library's full-text link appears in the abstract display where full-text access is available.
I already set my own preferences using 'My NCBI'. How will this affect those settings?
If you have set up preferences using 'My NCBI', you will continue to see your personal preferences. If you would like to use PubMed Clinical, then simply sign out of your My NCBI account and access PubMed Clinical OR add Himmelfarb Library's PubMed filters to your personal account as custom filters.
I would like to add the Clinical filters to my 'My NCBI' account. Can I do this?
Yes. You can choose standard filters in My NCBI which are highly similar to those in PubMed Clinical; we recommend the Systematic Reviews and Review filters. If you would like to set up identical filters, select 'Create custom filter' and use these strategies.
A sample search for 'autism and MMR' conducted in Fall 2009 retrieved a total of 204 articles.
The All results tab displays the total 204 articles and is completely unfiltered. Among the first three articles in this group, two were written in Polish:
The EBM/Clinical Reviews displays only systematic reviews, meta analyses, and practice guidelines which were written in English. This group contains 14 articles which review the available evidence. The first three articles in this group are:
The EBM/Clinical Trials tab displays only controlled clinical trials, multicenter studies, and randomized controlled trials which were written in English. This group contains only 1 article.
The Reviews tab displays review articles written in English. The articles in this tab may have some overlap with the EBM/Clinical Reviews group, but this group will generally contain more articles. The Reviews tab includes reviews which used rigorous methodology to analyze available evidence as well as more overview-type review articles. The first three articles in this set are:
MMR: where are we now? Elliman D, Bedford H. Arch Dis Child. 2007 Dec;92(12):1055-7. Epub 2007 Jul 11. Review. No abstract available.
Vaccines and the changing epidemiology of autism. Taylor B. Child Care Health Dev. 2006 Sep;32(5):511-9. Review.
Vaccines and autism: evidence does not support a causal association. DeStefano F. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2007 Dec;82(6):756-9. Epub 2007 Oct 10. Review.