Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Several databases give free access now

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 30 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:790

Rapid Response:

LILACS database is useful and also free

Dear Editor:
Among those databases with free access, we may include LILACS (Literatura
Latino Americana em Ciências da Saúde). This database indexes more than
600 medical journals from Latin America and Caribbean region. We have
demonstrated its utility as source of articles for systematic reviews (1,
2) and for clincal practice (1). LILACS has interfaces in
portuguese,spanish and english and has a unique contents, because most of
the indexed journals are not indexed in other databases (1). It can be
accessed at free of charge.

1- Clark OAC, Castro AA. Searching the Literatura Latino Americana e
do Caribe em Ciências da Saúde (LILACS) database improves systematic
reviews. Int. J. Epidemiol. 2002 31: 112-114

2- Clak OAC, Castro AA. Cochrane reviews must use LILACS database
like source of articles. BMC Meeting Abstracts: 9th International Cochrane
Colloquium 2001, 1:pb081

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 April 2002
Otavio A. C. Clark
Instituto do Radium de Campinas
Brazil (13066-710)