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Having the ability to search for clinically relevant evidence at your fingertips is now a reality. The frequent use of smartphones and tablets opens up the possibility that clinicians can find the answers to clinical questions in real time at the bedside, provided the right tools are available. This article reviews smartphone and tablet applications (apps) that can help a clinician search for evidence to support the practice of EBM. While many of the apps discussed are free, some apps have free access as part of a professsional society membership benefit, and some apps have an initial cost or in-app costs. Table 1 provides a summary view of these apps including the platform that supports the app. Of note, there are many apps available and this review provides examples of the breadth of available apps; it is not meant to be comprehensive and does not provide app ratings.
Apps to help search for the best evidence
DiCenso et al1 published a hierarchy of preappraised evidence called the 6S model. This model denotes the six levels of …
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