Two New Databases for the Health Sciences from BMJ

The Cheng Library acquires access to two newly revised databases for the health sciences: BMJ Best Practice and BMJ Clinical Evidence.

The Cheng Library recently added two newly revised databases for the health sciences to its expanding collection of electronic resources: BMJ Best Practice and BMJ Clinical Evidence.   Both databases are owned and produced by BMJ, the widely recognized and respected international corporation known for its research and education in medicine. 

BMJ began more than a century ago as the British Medical Journal, but now publishes more than sixty medical and allied science journals and is associated worldwide with medical expertise and assistance to organizations and clinicians.

BMJ Best Practice is an online decision-support tool for use at the point-of-care.  It is designed to assist health professionals in making accurate and effective diagnosis and treatment decisions.  The term best practice encompasses a framework for the classification of information on maintaining and improving effectiveness and efficiency in health care systems

BMJ Best Practice was created to offer clinicians accurate and proven patient consultation information.  Containing regularly updated research, evidence, guidelines and expert opinion, the database covers theory, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and patient management for a wide variety of conditions.  The broad array of diverse content includes monographs, studies,  a drug database, and patient education leaflets.  

BMJ Clinical Evidence is a source of evidence-based information for clinicians.  Based on comprehensive literature searches and the evaluation of published information, the systematic reviews in this database summarize the current state of knowledge - and uncertainty - about the prevention and treatment of clinical conditions. 

BMJ Clinical Evidence provides decision support for health professionals by presenting evidence on the effects of common clinical interventions.  It describes the best available indications from systematic  reviews, randomized controlled trials, and observational studies.

We invite the students and faculty in the nursing and public health disciplines to experiment with these resources.  Both are accessible from the Library’s website using the link “Databases.” 

If you would like additional information or to provide feedback, please contact Richard Kearney, Electronic Resources Librarian, by email at and by phone at 973-720-2165.

September 12, 2017