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The general purpose of Evidence-Based Medicine is to select from the health-related literature* those articles reporting important advances in internal medicine, general and family practice, surgery, psychiatry, paediatrics, and obstetrics and gynaecology, and whose results are most likely to be both true and useful. These articles are described, critiqued and commented on by clinical experts. The specific purposes of Evidence-Based Medicine are:

  • to identify, using predefined criteria, the best original and review articles on the cause, course, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, quality of care, or economics of disorders in the foregoing fields

  • to provide a description and expert commentary on the context of each article, its methods, and the clinical applications that its findings warrant

  • to disseminate the summaries in a timely fashion

The BMJ Publishing Group publishes Evidence-Based Medicine.

Criteria for selection and review of articles

All articles in a journal issue are considered for inclusion if, based on their abstracts, they meet the following basic and category-specific criteria:

Basic criteria

All English-language original and review articles in an issue of a candidate journal are considered for abstracting if they concern topics important to the clinical practice of internal medicine, general and family practice, surgery, …

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  • * Journals currently reviewed

    ▪ Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica

    ▪ Addiction

    ▪ Age and Ageing

    ▪ American Journal of Gastroenterology

    ▪ American Journal of Medicine

    ▪ American Journal of Psychiatry

    ▪ Annals of Emergency Medicine

    ▪ Annals of Internal Medicine

    ▪ Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

    ▪ Annals of Surgery

    ▪ ANS Advances in Nursing Sciences

    ▪ Applied Nursing Research

    ▪ Archives of Disease in Childhood Neonatal and Fetal

    ▪ Archives of General Psychiatry

    ▪ Archives of Internal Medicine

    ▪ Archives of Neurology

    ▪ Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

    ▪ Arthritis and Rheumatism

    ▪ Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

    ▪ Behaviour Research and Therapy

    ▪ Birth

    ▪ BJOG

    ▪ BMC Psychiatry

    ▪ BMJ

    ▪ British Journal of Clinical Psychology

    ▪ British Journal of General Practice

    ▪ British Journal of Psychiatry

    ▪ British Journal of Surgery

    ▪ Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology

    ▪ Canadian Journal of Infection Control

    ▪ Canadian Journal of Psychiatry

    ▪ Canadian Respiratory Journal

    ▪ Circulation

    ▪ CMAJ

    ▪ Cochrane Database of Systematic Review

    ▪ Critical Care Medicine

    ▪ Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology

    ▪ Diabetes Care

    ▪ Diabetic Medicine

    ▪ Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry

    ▪ Evid Rep Technol Assess (Full Rep)

    ▪ Gastroenterology

    ▪ Gut

    ▪ Health Education and Behavior

    ▪ Health Psychology

    ▪ Health technology assessment reports

    ▪ Heart

    ▪ Journal of Nursing Scholarship

    ▪ International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

    ▪ JAMA

    ▪ Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

    ▪ Journal of Advanced Nursing

    ▪ Journal of Affective Disorders

    ▪ Journal of Anxiety Disorders

    ▪ Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines

    ▪ Journal of Clinical Epidemiology

    ▪ Journal of Clinical Nursing

    ▪ Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

    ▪ Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology

    ▪ Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

    ▪ Journal of Family Practice

    ▪ Journal of Infectious Disease

    ▪ Journal of Manipulative and Physical Therapy

    ▪ Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry

    ▪ Journal of Pediatrics

    ▪ Journal of Psychosomatic Research

    ▪ Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    ▪ Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

    ▪ Journal of Vascular Surgery

    ▪ Lancet

    ▪ Medical Care

    ▪ Medical Journal of Australia

    ▪ Medicine

    ▪ Midwifery

    ▪ Molecular Psychiatry

    ▪ Neurology

    ▪ New England Journal of Medicine

    ▪ Pain

    ▪ Pediatrics

    ▪ PLOS Medicine

    ▪ Psychiatric Services

    ▪ Psychological Medicine

    ▪ Psychosomatic Medicine

    ▪ Qualitative Health Research

    ▪ Rheumatology

    ▪ Schizophrenia Bulletin

    ▪ Schizophrenia Research

    ▪ Social Science and Medicine

    ▪ Spine

    ▪ Stroke

    ▪ Thorax

    ▪ Western Journal of Nursing Research