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OBJECTIVE: Rapid access to the results of high quality research studies for real time use during clinical care is the aim of evidence-based medicine. METHODS: The current volume and methods of disseminating research findings are barriers to this goal. Electronic publishing, CD-ROMs for personal computers, and Internet-based databases and searching are tools helping to overcome these barriers. RESULTS: Several examples in the United Kingdom and United States employing these tools are described. CONCLUSIONS: Technology is making traditional narrative reviews such as printed textbooks obsolete for the practice of evidence-based medicine.

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Int J Psychiatry Med

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287 - 292


Databases, Bibliographic, Evidence-Based Medicine, Humans, International Cooperation, Online Systems, Publishing, Review Literature as Topic, United Kingdom, United States