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Medicine: Grey Literature and Web Resources

What is "Grey Literature"

Materials that are not available via major databases are often called grey literature. Grey literature may not be formally published or peer reviewed.

Knowledge about clinical practice guidelines and clinical trials are particularly important in medicine, but it also includes reports, statistics, conference papers, theses and dissertations, informal communication, websites, official documents, newsletters, and patents.

Have a look at the Grey Literature Resource Guide to find out more.

Grey Literature and credible health websites

Clinical practice guidelines

"Clinical practice guidelines are evidence based statements that include recommendations intended to optimise patient care and assist health care practitioners to make decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances. Clinical practice guidelines should assist clinicians and patients in shared decision making." Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines

You can find clinical practice guidelines on

Clinical trials

Clinical Trails are "studies involving research participants which aim to test new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease, evaluating the effects of a medical or behavioral intervention on health outcomes. Clinical trials are conducted in phases following a pre-defined protocol and may take several years to complete" Sage Research Methods Online

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Health Statistics - Australia

Understanding Health Statistics

Indigenous Health

Australian Digital Health Agency