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Evidence-Based Medicine Resources Toolkit

About the Toolkit

Since its publication in 2008, the Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Resources Toolkit (pdf has been incorporated into the teachings of the College of Family Physicians Canada and a number of national and international institutions. 

The EBM Resources Toolkit was created to help identify the best sources to answer a clinical question and to help with efficient literature searching for clinicians. 

The Toolkit is based on the best evidence-based electronic resources available through the Sinai Health System Libraries in Toronto, as well as through the University of Toronto Libraries as a fully affiliated teaching hospital library. The Toolkit groups resources into tiers based on their authority as the best evidence for clinical decision making.

In June 2017, this Toolkit was re-published in the Canadian Family Physician journal. Latest updates include additional electronic resources and an image legend of mobile app availability and open access resources. Click the following link to read the full article: Kendall S et al. Evidence-based resources toolkit revisited. Can Fam Physician. 2017, 63(6):490-492

For Sinai Health System staff, please visit our Library Intranet to access selected resources. 

What is Evidence-Based Medicine?

Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) has been defined as: "the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research."
David Sackett, et al. (1996). Evidence Based Medicine: What It Is and What It Isn't," BMJ. 312, No.7023.


Additional Resources: Courses, Tutorials & More 

  • Evidence-Based Practice LibGuide by Duke University Medical Center Library: A basic introduction to the principles of evidence-based medicine for any health care practitioner.
  • EBM Tools by Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, University of Oxford
  • Evidence-based health care: A health wiki overseen by the University of British Columbia.

Related Literature 

  • Guyatt GH et al. (2008). Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice 2nd Ed. New York:McGraw-Hill Medical.