Evidence-Based Services


The Center for Knowledge Management (CKM) team employs a matrix of strategies to foster evidence-based medicine practice, including:

  • Provision of databases and other online resources;
  • Participation in clinical rounds, provision of targeted support to researchers, and other information services;
  • Provision of evidence syntheses created in response to complex clinical queries;
  • Development of EBM databases housing evidence syntheses and other online CKM tools for reuse.

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The team provides access to a list of commercially-produced evidence-based databases through the Digital Library. This list encompasses critical resources such as UpToDate; Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Review of Effects and Register of Controlled Trials; ACP Journal Club; and links to globally accessible EBM resources such as the National Guideline Clearinghouse. The site also features CKM's internally-developed EBM databases such as the Clinical Informatics Consult Service (CICS) Evidence Based Site, which houses evidence syntheses created in response to complex clinical queries, and the Pathway/Order Set Literature Locator, which contains expert search strategies and literature summaries to support evidence-based development of standardized clinical practice.

Information specialists help students, residents and faculty stay abreast of the latest findings in the literature by actively participating on clinical rounds and providing targeted support to researchers. In addition to working as clinical and research informationists, CKM information specialists participate in multidisciplinary teams throughout the medical center, supporting a variety of programs such as pathways/order sets development, the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and a variety of patient information services. CKM team members contribute vetted personalized patient information links addressing diseases/conditions and lab findings/vital signs to the medical center's online patient portal, MyHealthAtVanderbilt, and the medical center's electronic medical record system, StarPanel. CKM assistance with comprehensive literature reviews is available to researchers developing IRB protocols and to IRB protocol analysts. CKM information experts support Vanderbilt's AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Center's creation of systematic reviews by identifying and evaluating scientific evidence to determine best treatment practices for critical health issues.

To support Vanderbilt's Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), the CKM team provides expert training and consultation for requests received through StarBRITE: Biomedical Research Integration, Translation and Education online system, a one-stop shop for VMC researchers in need of regulatory, study design, biostatistics, technology, or other support, such as location of data on known single nucleotide polymorphisms (from dbSNP, OMIM, HGVbaseG2P, and other databases) detected via Vanderbilt's DNA Databank.

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