Chapter 6. Finding the Best Evidence

  1. Hywel Williams MSC, PhD, FRCP Professor Dermato-Epidemiology Co-ordinating Editor
  1. Michael Bigby MD Associate Professor of Dermatology1,2 and
  2. Rosamaria Corona DSc, MD Attending Dermatologist3

Published Online: 14 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch6

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Bigby, M. and Corona, R. (2008) Finding the Best Evidence, in Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition (ed H. Williams), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch6

Editor Information

  1. Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

  2. 2

    Beth Israel, Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA

  3. 3

    Division of Immunodermatology, Istituto Dermopatico dell'Immacolata, Via dei Monti di Creta 104, Rome, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 APR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405145183

Online ISBN: 9781444300161



  • finding best evidence in answering clinical questions;
  • Cochrane Library and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews of Treatment of Diseases;
  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness (DARE);
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (Central);
  • Health Technology Assessment (HTA) database;
  • National Guideline Clearinghouse and database of guidelines;
  • specific search strategies - “filters”;
  • National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) - public health, health technologies, clinical practice


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Cochrane Library

  • Medline and Embase databases and how to perform efficient searches

  • Secondary publications and other resources

  • References