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Medicine: Clinical resources

Guide to information resources and services for Medicine, including basic and clinical sciences.

Point of care

BMJ's Best Practice contains current information on prevention, treatment, diagnosis and prognosis for specific conditions. Access is available on mobile devices.

Information for patients - websites

Australian sites

Health Direct (formerly HealthInsite) - Australian government portal for consumers and health professionals. Search for information on health conditions, diseases or services and be directed to partners that meet prescribed quality criteria.

NPS MedicineWise - An Australian government sponsored website with information to help consumers make the best decisions about medicines and medical tests.

Better Health Channel - Victorian website providing health and medical information for consumers.

International sites

Medline Plus - NIH - US National Library of Medicine site providing health information for health professionals and consumers.


Clinical guidelines

Clinical practice guidelines are systematically developed statements based on clinical evidence that are designed to support the decision making process in patient care.



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