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BMJ Best Practice is an online decision-support tool for use at the point of care. In a single source, BMJ Best Practice brings together regularly updated research evidence and guidelines with peer-reviewed expert opinion.

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Decision support tool for use at the point of care
Fast access to the latest research evidence, guidelines, and expert opinion
Regularly updated

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Distributed by ProQuest to medical schools, VA hospitals, and teaching hospitals in the United States and Canada, BMJ Best Practice gives clinicians and students fast and easy access to reliable, up-to-date information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions.

Best Practice is a completely new concept for information delivered at the point of care. In a single source the latest research evidence is combined with guidelines and expert opinion – presented in a step-by-step approach – covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.

Regularly updated, Best Practice provides a second opinion in an instant, without the need for checking multiple resources. Its unique patient-focused approach represents a major new advancement in information delivery at the point of care. In fact, Best Practice was rated among the three best point of care tools by an independent study published in the January 2016 issue of the Journal of Medical Information Research.

The only point-of-care tool which supports the clinical workflow

Unlike other providers, BMJ Best Practice is action-orientated and structured around the patient consultation.

The fastest diagnostic decision support tool

BMJ Best Practice has been shown in independent comparisons to deliver faster answers to diagnostic clinical questions. Its ‘Assessment’ topics, sections dedicated to ‘Diagnostic’ criteria, and ‘Exam & Tests’, support healthcare professionals during differential diagnosis and decisions throughout the diagnostic workup.

The best current evidence with expert guidance

Highly renowned systematic reviews from BMJ Clinical Evidence are incorporated throughout BMJ Best Practice. They are also found in the separate ‘Evidence’ section.

Content is regularly updated and draws on the latest evidence-based research to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.

Updates are made to multiple topics every day to reflect the best available evidence. Guidelines, evidence, and drug alerts are reviewed routinely and contextualized so clinicians can digest this content in seconds.

Breadth of content

  • Information on thousands of diagnoses and diagnostic tests.
  • Seamless links to drug formularies for comprehensive drug information.
  • Over 4,000 diagnostic and treatment guidelines.
  • Over 200 plain-language patient information leaflets to support treatment options.
  • Full reference links and over 3,000 color images.

Structured information

  • Novel standardized navigation structure for each condition, including: a summary, definition, etiology, and epidemiology, through key diagnostic steps and tests into treatment approaches with drugs, guidelines and evidence, finishing with recommendations and outlook for patient follow-up.
  • Information leaflets for patients - to support increased emphasis on shared decision making.
  • Choice of integrated drug formularies - for quick checking of prescription guidance.
  • Each page linked to BMJ portfolio for easy tracking, recording and planning of CPD/CME.


  • Using My BMJ Best Practice end users can bookmark and annotate and view pages with personal notes, - added at an institutional level. Plus, it’s easy to stay informed of the latest evidence through regular alerts via RSS and email.

Institutional customization

  • Ability for institutional administrators to upload local notes, guidelines, patient leaflets and links.

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