Western Libraries

Clinical Outreach

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  • The Excerpta Medica database (EMBASE) produced by Elsevier Science, is a major biomedical and pharmaceutical database covering the following fields: drug research, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, toxicology, clinical and experimental human medicine, health policy and management, public health, occupational health, environmental health, drug dependence and abuse, psychiatry, forensic medicine, and biomedical engineering/instrumentation. There is selective coverage for nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, psychology, and alternative medicine.
  • Provides comprehensive coverage of the English language journal literature related to nursing and the allied health disciplines.
  • The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases - including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials and others - that contain high-quality information regarding the effects of various interventions in health care
  • Covers the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, linguistics and other areas. Popular literature is excluded.
  • Scopus is an abstracts database covering articles from peer-reviewed titles, including international publishers. Subject coverage includes: Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Engineering; Life and Health Sciences; Social Sciences, Psychology and Economics; Biological, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; and General Sciences.
  • Web of Science provides access to three multidisciplinary databases of bibliographic information indexed so that you can search for specific articles by subject, author, journal, and/or author address. Each Web of Science database includes the article's cited reference list (often called its bibliography). This unique feature allows searching for articles that cite a known author or work.
  • An alternative medicine database for physicians, therapists, medical researchers and clinicians who want to learn more about alternative treatments to conventional medicine, consisting primarily of citations and abstracts from biomedical journals along with other relevant articles taken from books, newspapers, conference proceedings and a number of other document types.

Clinical Tools

  • DynaMed is an evidence-based, clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use primarily at the 'point-of-care.' DynaMed contains AHFS drug information, article references, medical calculators, patient information, and thousands of topics organized into clinical summaries. Content in DynaMed is updated daily. 

    In order to obtain or renew a Dynamed Mobile serial number either send an email to dynamedsupport@ebscohost.com  or phone 1-800-758-5995. Please include or have available your full name, the name of institution, and the type of device you are using. You must provide a valid Western email address, ie. one that ends with @uwo.ca in order to receive a serial number. The serial number will be emailed to the @uwo.ca address you provide.  .

  • The American College of Physicians' Physicians' Information and Education Resource offers a Web-based evidence-based clinical guidance designed for rapid access to clinical information at the point of care by physicians and other health care providers.

  • AccessMedicine is an innovative online resource that provides students, residents, clinicians, researchers, and all health professionals with access to more than 60 medical titles from the best minds in medicine, updated content, thousands of images and illustrations, interactive self-assessment, case files, diagnostic tools and a comprehensive search platform.
  • A database system of filtered, synopsized, evidence-based information for clinical decisions. Search multiple databases including clinical practice guidelines, calculators, Cochrane Abstracts and other tools for clinical practice. (Formerly InfoRetriever and InfoPOEMs).
  • UpToDate is an information resource for health professionals designed to answer clinical questions by summarizing published evidence and making specific recommendations for patient care.
  • Produced by the Canadian Pharmacists Association, the online Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (e-CPS) provides health care professionals with web access to the most current Canadian drug information.
  • Natural Standard is an international research collaboration that aggregates and synthesizes data on complementary and alternative therapies. Using a comprehensive methodology and reproducible grading scales, information is created that is evidence-based, consensus-based, and peer-reviewed, tapping into the collective expertise of a multidisciplinary Editorial Board.


  • The #1 selling medical textbook worldwide, Harrison's has defined internal medicine for millions of clinicians and students with its coverage of pathobiology, cardinal signs and manifestations of disease, and best approaches to patient management.

  • With its ever-current information and topics of interest, CMDT is a single-source reference for practitioners in both hospital and ambulatory settings. The book emphasizes the practical features of clinical diagnosis and patient management in all fields of internal medicine and in specialties of interest to primary care practitioners and to subspecialists who provide general care

  • No other resource gives the student or practitioner a better introduction to the art, science, and craft of the physical examination than this classic work. It demonstrates techniques of history taking, performing the physical examination, constructing a differential diagnosis and making the final diagnosis.
  • Includes more than 350 laboratory tests, microbiology tests, plus coverage of diagnostic imaging and electrocardiology.
  • This text offers students, residents, and practitioners a systematic approach to differential diagnosis of symptoms and signs seen by primary care physicians. The text is organized by symptoms and signs into categories--pain, mass, bloody discharge, non-bloody discharge, functional changes, and abnormal laboratory results.


  • The SMART Imagebase is a premier database of accurate, high quality medical illustrations, animations, and interactive multimedia. The collection contains thousands of images depicting normal anatomy, physiology, embryology, and histology, as well as the web's largest repository of reference illustrations depicting surgery, trauma, pathology, diseases and conditions. Images are available for downloading and educational use.
  • Search video and audio content on AccessMedicine. Organized by system: cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, muskuloskeletal, neurologic, reproductive and respiratory. Also includes Grand Rounds Lectures: a series of multimedia lectures on key medical topics in internal medicine and pharmacology.
  • This collection of over 1000 talks (with new content being added all the time) contains animated audio visual presentations with narration by world leading scientists, researchers and clinicians.
  • Database contains rotatable 3D models of the human body and anatomical layers which may be stripped away. Includes interactive head & neck, shoulder, hand, thorax & abdomen, spine, pelvis & perineum, hip, knee, and foot. Also included are common pathologies, radiological content, and interactive quizzes.

Practice Guidelines

  • Guidelines produced or endorsed in Canada by a national, provincial or territorial medical or health organization, professional society, government agency or expert panel.
  • The Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) is a Canadian, federally-incorporated, not-for-profit organization that works with the Guidelines Advisory Committee (GAC). Information on the former GAC website can now be found at CEP.
  • Systematically developed statements produced by medical specialty associations,  professional societies, public or private organizations, government agencies; with corroborating documentation of systematic literature search and review of scientific evidence.
  • Current Practice Guidelines in Primary Care makes screening, prevention, and management recommendations readily accessible and available for clinical decision making. The recommendations included are issued by governmental agencies, expert panels, medical specialty organizations, and other professional and scientific organizations.