Physicians need rapid access to the best current evidence on a wide range of clinical topics. But where to find it? Textbooks are frequently out-of-date, and we dont have the time to perform literature reviews while the patient is waiting.
BETs were developed in the Emergency Department of Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK, to provide rapid evidence-based answers to real-life clinical questions, using a systematic approach to reviewing the literature. BETs take into account the shortcomings of much current evidence, allowing physicians to make the best of what there is. Although BETs initially had an emergency medicine focus, there are a significant number of BETs covering cardiothoracics, nursing, primary care and paediatrics.
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Why not write a BET of your own, and have it published here, for the benefit of patients everywhere? Were keen to receive Best Evidence Topic reviews from colleagues all over the world. Use the submission form in the database section, for you to register your intention to write a BET. Well add your topic to the database, and the world will await your completed review!
A more advanced feature is now available on the BestBETs website – appraisal tool checklists are available for use online or downloading as an aid to the critical appraisal process. We strongly encourage BET authors to submit their critical appraisals of papers in the BET table along with their BET. Visitors to the site can now view critical appraisals independently or link directly from the BET table wherever appears. Further details of BestBETs new features can be found on the Site & EBM news page in the News section.
If you have any comments about BETs or the website, please feel free to contact us.
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