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Global medical knowledge database is proposed

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 13 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1340
  1. Martin Dawes, director (,
  2. Marshall Godwin, research director
  1. Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU
  2. Queen's Department of Family Medicine, PO Bag 8888, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 5E9

    EDITOR—If every doctor who produced a critical appraisal in response to clinical uncertainty shared that learning globally then access to medical knowledge would be greatly enhanced.

    What are the difficulties facing clinicians seeking knowledge? 1 The Cochrane Library, Best Evidence, Clinical Evidence, or guidelines in hard copy might be searched. If the answer does not seem to exist in a synthesised format the practitioners might do a Medline search. There is then the problem of getting the full text of the article. …

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