Journal of Clinical Epidemiology

Rapid updates of new clinical studies and evidence-based guidelines
Prospective cohort study

About the Study

Ten online clinical information tools were assessed for quality based on an 11-item scale. Items evaluated included editorial policy and updating, study appraisal, and addition of new evidence-based guidelines and clinical research. Sixty randomly selected International Classification of Diseases 10 (ICD-10) were used to evaluate breadth of clinical coverage. Sample topics were chosen using the same 60 ICD-10 codes and were further used to assess speed of updates.

Reported Findings

DynaMed was the most updated clinical information tool. The average time to the last content update was 3.5 months for DynaMed with some online clinical information tools taking up to 29 months between updates. DynaMed, “consistently ranked near the top of each category” and was the only resource to score in the top three in each category.

J Clin Epidemiol. 2012 Dec;65(12):1289-95

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