Getting health information, right when you need it

Making clinical decisions and having the right information to make those decisions is really important to our Griffith Health students and staff because health professionals need the highest quality information to support diagnosis and treatment decisions in clinical settings.

Luckily there are a number of point-of-care and decision support tools available to you which provide that information and support our students and staff in clinical positions. Lots of hospitals, including Queensland Health hospitals, use the same information tools for their doctors, nurses and allied health staff.

Here are a couple of the point-of-care tools that we recommend:

BMJ Best Practice
BMJ Best Practice lets you browse or search for conditions to find diagnosis and treatment information as well as guidelines and evidence summaries. It brings together the latest research evidence with guidelines and expert opinions.

There is a step-by-step approach that covers prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis and many conditions also include information to help communication with patients.

BMJ Best Practice is accessible on mobile devices and from off-campus – set up instructions are available from BMJ Best Practice.

ClinicalKey lets you search across their complete database of books, journal articles, trial and drug information and more, or you can focus your search on their point-of-care resources – called First Consult. It contains diagnosis and treatment information and evidence summaries, as well as patient resources.

You can find more point-of-care tools and evidence based practice resources in the Evidence Based Practice subject guide on the library website.

If you have any questions about the point-of-care resources we have available, you can contact one of our Health Librarians.