Here comes a special new information product from the U.S. National Library of Medicine called PubMed Health.
Is PubMed Health a combination of both?
The truth is: PubMed Health is something rather new. I can’t think of any source of information about human health that is quite like it – except perhaps the Cochrane Collaboration’s consumer summaries.
In fact, PubMed Health has partnered with Cochrane and the following groups:
- Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (US) (AHRQ)
- The Cochrane Collaboration (CC)
- Department of Veterans Affairs’ Evidence-based Synthesis Program from the Veterans Health Administration R&D (VA ESP)
- England’s Behind the Headlines service is from the National Health Service (NHS Choices).
- German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG)
- National Health Service (NHS) National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment Programme (NIHR HTA)
- National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines program (NICE)
- Oregon Health and Science University’s Drug Effectiveness Review Project (DERP)
I’d describe PubMed Health as a metasearch tool that gathers evidence from the above sites to see clinical studies and “what works” in human health. Searchers can locate systematic reviews of clinical trials – in other words, clinical effectiveness reviews to show what treatments work and what is unknown – and other syntheses of medical knowledge.
One major benefit of PubMed Health (which might make it popular) is that any search performed on PubMed Health also runs in PubMed. A filter is used to identify articles that might be systematic reviews. It includes articles from before 2003.