The National Library of Medicine and the National Center for Biotechnology Information have released the new and improved PubMed Health. Focusing on reviews of clinical effectiveness research, [the database] provides easy-to-read summaries for consumers, as well as full technical reports.
PubMed Health is based on systematic reviews of clinical trials, showing what treatments and prevention methods have been proven to work, and what remains unknown. The PubMed Health database has been built in partnership with the US’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), and The Cochrane Collaboration, among others.¹ The re-designed homepage includes four key sections:
• Contents: a complete alphabetical listing of all titles, sorted by type of content.
• Behind Headlines: the NHS guide to the science behind health stories in the news.
• New & updated: content added in the last 60 days.
• Featured reviews: high quality reviews on interesting topics are selected and featured here. “Previously featured reviews” are provided in an RSS feed to which people can subscribe.
• Understanding clinical effectiveness: an explanation of clinical effectiveness research along with a section focusing on resources to help people understand systematic reviews and interpret the results.²
¹ ”New PubMed Health website available.” The Cochrane Collaboration. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
² “PubMed Health — A Growing Resource for Clinical Effectiveness Information.” NLM Technical Bulletin, September 26, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2011.