We have looked at finding journal articles in medical databases, but there are potentially other sources of information.
See below and at right for tips on using the National Health and Medical Research Council, and tips on finding clinical practice guidelines and policy documents.
The National Health and Medical Research Council describes itself as "Australia's leading expert body for:
The website has a section on Publications, where you can search or browse for publications.
In 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) defined clinical guidelines as "statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options".
So they are another source of evidence-based information that can guide clinical care and practice.
There are various ways to find clinical guidelines:
And here's a typical result:
You probably won't get a Limiter for policy documents in a database but you could use policy document as a search term, or search for ... policy OR policies . Note that it's probably not a good idea to search for the term polic* because you might get mentions of police and policing.
Another way to locate policy documents (and clinical guidelines) is to go directly to organisational websites, such as NSW Health, state Departments of Education, or the National Stroke Foundation. Most websites like this will have a section for Publications, or Resources, where you can browse or search for current documents. You might have to dig through information for consumers to find information for health professionals.
You can also the Google Advanced Search techniques as mentioned in the box on Clinical Guidelines at left. Did you know that, in Google, if you are getting too many results, you can limit your search to where your search terms appear only in the title of the page? In the screen-shot at bottom left, notice that there is a box for terms appearing. You can change anywhere in the page to in the title of the page.
Finally, you can also use Google Basic Search to search for some terms anywhere, and other terms only in the title. For example, if you want to search for the terms communication [AND] stroke where they appear anywhere in the page, plus the phrase "policy document" but only where it appears in the title of the page, and you want results only from Australian websites, your "search string" would be:
This Australian website was previously called "Australian Policy Online". It describes itself as a "not-for-profit, open access knowledge and evidence base for you to discover, share and manage public policy and practice resources". It does include health-related material.
The URL is easy to remember: apo.gov.au