Information Services

Clinical decision tools

Point of care resources. All have mobile-friendly versions.


Access information: On campus or off campus and mobile app access.
Description: BMJ Best Practice is a point of care tool from BMJ Evidence Centre designed to support clinical decision making from diagnosis to treatment. The latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion are combined in a single source and presented in a step-by-step approach, covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis
Notes: Further instructions on mobile app installation at please note the library has set up IP address and/or Shibboleth authentication.



Cochrane Clinical Answers

Access information: Access on and off campus.

Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs) provide a readable, digestible, clinically focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane systematic reviews. They are designed to be actionable and to inform decision making at the point of care. Each Cochrane Clinical Answer contains a clinical question, a short answer, and an opportunity to ‘drill down’ to the evidence from relevant Cochrane reviews.



GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network)

Access information:

Access on and off campus. 


Epidemiological database and point of care resource for worldwide diseases, drugs, and bacteria. Includes disease outbreak and vaccine coverage maps. Data is taken from over 20,000 sources including journals, monographs, public health organisations and ministries of health.

Generate comparison tables of infectious diseases, drugs and pathogens. Identify bacteria, mycobacteria, yeasts and algae. Run driven differential diagnosis (DDx) tools to diagnos infectious disease. Trace disease outbreaks through history.

Decision trees for the probabilities of test results, or signs and symptoms, and “Why Not” modules help clarify why pathogens or diseases are not relevant to results. 

Coverage: Updated daily. Historical outbreaks data from 1348 AD.
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Access on and off campus. For off campus access please use the University VPN - Access to the University network via the VPN.

To register for the mobile app, click Login/Register link and register as a new user using your email address.  Once registered, you can install the UpToDate Mobile App on up to two devices.

Description: UpToDate Anywhere is an evidence-based knowledge system authored by physicians to help clinicians make the right decisions at the point of care. Content is continually updated and is based on the latest evidence; it undergoes a rigorous editorial process and is written by a global community of 5,100 physicians, world-renowned experts in their specialties. UpToDate also includes basic patient information for c.150 medical conditions.