Tutorials & tools for EbHC

This selection of resources does not aim to be comprehensive, but it is updated regularly. Suggestions and feedback are welcome at techsupport@cochrane.org.


5-Minute Fast Stats : a PowerPoint presentation providing information about a few critical concepts in medical statistics from the project 'PharmedOut' at the Georgetown Department of Pharmacology, USA

AGREE Enterprise: the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE) Instrument evaluates the process of practice guideline development and the quality of reporting.

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Toronto, Canada : EbHC practice and teaching resources and support for the book "Evidence-based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM" by Sackett, Straus, Richardson, Rosenberg, and Haynes

DISCERN: quality criteria for consumer health information from the University of Oxford, Division of Public Health and Primary Health Care : a tool designed to help judge the quality of written information about treatment choices

EBM/EBHC Toolkit from the University Libraries of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, USA

EBMsources from Laval University, Canada : a searchable directory of websites offering EBM clinical information

EBM Page Generator from the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries, Dartmouth College and the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale School of Medicine, USA

EBM Tools for each step of the EBM process from the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford

EQUATOR Network (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) provides central access to reporting guidelines (incl. CONSORT, STARD, STROBE, PRISMA and MOOSE) and more

Evidence Based Medicine Toolkit from the University of Alberta, Canada

Evidence-Based Medicine Tutorial from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA

Evidence Based Neurology (EBN) at the University of Western Ontario, Canada

Evidence-Based Practice : introduction, exercises and case scenarios from the University of Minnesota Libraries, USA

Evidence-Based Practice Education Center of Excellence from the University of North Carolina, USA

Finding the Evidence: Library Skills for Evidence Based Social Work Practice from the The University of Auckland Library, New Zealand

GRADE working group (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation), produces the free grading software GRADEpro

HTAi Vortal Saerch : a federated search application from Health Technology Assessment International using Google that searches across all public-access web sites currently listed in the HTAi Vortal 

Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine : an online tutorial from the libraries of Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill, USA

Learning and Teaching Evidence-Based General Practice : a collection of teaching tools for critical appraisal, searching, summary statistics, and teaching EBP from AnglianGP, a network of GP CPD Tutors and post-graduate medical centres in the UK.

NPCi Information Mastery 3 - Making Decisions Better : series of instructional videos on decision-making, including one on EbM, offered as part of the 'Information Mastery' learning module provided by the NPCi (UK)

Netting the Evidence search : a Google-based search engine dedicated to the methodology of evidence-based medicine

TheNNT (Number Needed to Treat) summarizes evidence by offering a measurement of the impact of an intervention by estimating the number of patients that need to be treated in order to have an impact on one person; created by a group of physicians at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, NY, USA

PrimeAnswers: best evidence at the point of care from the University of Washington Health Sciences Libraries, USA

Research Ethics and Good Clinical Practice, free online courses (English/French) offered by the African Malaria Network Trust (AMANET)

RevMan Tutorials, video tutorials on using the RevMan software from the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group

Standards for Systematic Reviews from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (USA) including Standards for Initiating a Systematic Review; Standards for Finding and Assessing Individual Studies; Standards for Synthesizing the Body of Evidence; and Standards for Reporting Systematic Reviews

Supercourse Evidence-Based Health Care "a repository of lectures on global health and prevention designed to improve the teaching of prevention" produced at the WHO Collaborating Center University of Pittsburgh, USA

SUPPORT Supporting Policy relevant Reviews and Trials offers tools, courses and workshops for LMIC policy makers and researchers; coordinated by the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services; Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish translations are also hosted by PAHO/WHO.

Systematic Review Data Repository (SRDR) : a web-based tool for conducting systematic reviews; developed by the Tufts Evidence-based Practice Center in Boston, MA, under contract with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Systematic Review Subject Guide from the Becker Medical Library at Washington University (St. Louis, MO, USA)

Understanding Evidence-based Healthcare: A Foundation for Action created by the US Cochrane Center to help consumer advocates understand the fundamentals of EbHC; open and free of charge.

Understanding Uncertainty produced by the Winton programme for the public understanding of risk based in the Statistical Laboratory in the University of Cambridge, UK includes a blog, a collection of articles as well as videos and informative animations.

Webicina Medical Web 2.0 Guidance Collection : collections for doctors and patients of blogs, community sites, podcasts or search engines, among others that focus on one specific issue

Where's the best evidence? Free and fee-based medical evidence on the web (2010) by Dean Giustini, UBC Biomedical Branch Librarian, Canada

See also:

A list of software tools that can be useful in the production of Cochrane reviews (in addition to RevMan), put together by Cochrane programmers.


This selection of resources does not aim to be comprehensive, but it is updated regularly. Suggestions and feedback are welcome at techsupport@cochrane.org.

Updated on: October 10, 2013, 14:06

Comments for improvement or correction are welcome.
Email: techsupport@cochrane.org