This guide was developed by Ashley Lierman with input from Medical Librarians at the University of Pennsylvania. Additional acknowledgements can be found at the bottom of individual guide pages.
Evidence-based medicine is an approach to medical practice that revolves around the use of the best available clinical evidence when making treatment decisions about individual patients. One of the biggest challenges of evidence-based medicine is locating and identifying the best available clinical evidence, and determining which resources to use when gathering evidence. A number of systems have been developed for the identification of best evidence resources for clinical evaluation, most of them in the form of "pyramid" diagrams, with the most comprehensive and rigorously-researched evidence resources at the top and the least at the bottom. This guide will provide two of these diagrams, with links to the resources available through the University of Pennsylvania Libraries that fall under each of the categories. Links to general tutorial sites on evidence-based medicine are also available, for your further education.
Use the tabs at the top of the guide or the links below to view the two EBM pyramids available.