Physician Online Toolkit

Clinical Practice Guidelines

Research Tools



Medical Search Engines

This search engine has been identified by Ontario physicians to help limit your search for quality health/medical literature, ranging from guidelines and journal articles to various credible world-wide associations.

  • TRIP Database
    The TRIP Database searches over 75 sites of high-quality medical information. The TRIP Database gives you direct, hyperlinked access to the largest collection of 'evidence-based' material on the web as well as articles from premier on-line journals such as the BMJ, JAMA, NEJM etc. Search results come in the form of Evidence based literature, Guidelines, Query-answering services, journals (general and specialist peer-reviewed), e-textbooks and medical images.

Provincial Resources

Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP)

Key contents of this website include:

  • CME information
  • Publications relevant to family physicians

Ontario Association of General Surgeons (OAGS)

Key contents of this website include:

  • The Cutting Edge – a newsletter published by the OAGS
  • Links to other general surgery related websites

Ontario Medical Association (OMA)

Key contents of this website include:

  • Houses the Ontario Medical Review (periodical)
  • Health policy issues
  • Insurance information

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)

Key contents of this website include:

  • Publications, such as, guidelines, research grants, OHIP schedule of benefits and fees, manuals, guides, reports, ministry forms, etc.
  • Information on programs and projects, such as, the Influenza program and the Long-term Care redevelopment project

Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES)

The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences is an independent, non-profit organization, whose core business is to conduct research that contributes to the effectiveness, quality, equity and efficiency of health care and health services in the province of Ontario. The Institute is the product of a collective vision to use research methodologies in innovative, creative ways to probe the interface of clinical practice, health services research and health policy, in order to create a blueprint for a better health care system in Ontario.

Key contents of this website include:

  • Publications, research reports, newsletters, summaries and products from ICES
  • List of current research projects
  • INFORMED – a quarterly publication that provides health services information and clinical research in a clear and concise format – easy to read and packed with information that can enhance physicians and other health care professionals' ability to deliver effective and efficient patient care

Provincial Colleges

Ontario Medical Schools

The following are websites of the Ontario Medical Schools with links to their Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs and other pertinent information.

McMaster University

Northern Ontario Medical School

University of Ottawa

Queen's University

University of Toronto

Western University

National Resources

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)

Key contents of this website include:

  • CME information
  • Listing of various projects and programs
  • Clinical information via Canadian Library of Family Medicine

Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC)

Key contents of this website include:

  • Information for Continuing Professional Development
  • Information on upcoming conferences and seminars
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines

Canadian Association of General Surgeons (CAGS)

Key contents of this website include:

  • Contact information for educational opportunities
  • Position papers
  • Information about Evidence Based Reviews in Surgery (EBRS)

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)

Key contents of this website include:

  • Annals - original articles, papers and proceedings on continuing medical education with wide appeal to specialists, and reports on the activities of the Royal College
  • Membership information
  • Policy statements and guidelines

Canadian Medical Association (CMA)

Key contents of this website include:

  • Access to CMAJ
  • Drug databases for your PDA (Personal Digital Assistant/Handheld)
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Canada

ISMP Canada is an independent Canadian nonprofit agency established for the collection and analysis of medication error reports and the development of recommendations for the enhancement of patient safety. Like its sister organization, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in the US, ISMP Canada intends to serve as a national resource for promoting safe medication practices throughout the health care community in Canada.

ISMP Canada is committed to the safe use of medications through improvement in drug distribution (institution and community), naming, packaging, labelling, computer program design and drug delivery system design. The Institute will work collaboratively with healthcare practitioners and institutions, schools, professional organizations, the pharmaceutical industry, and regulatory and government agencies to provide education about adverse drug events and their prevention.

Key contents of this website include:

  • Publications
  • Current Projects

Health Canada

Key contents of this website include:

  • General information on up-to-date health matters that affect Canadians 
  • News releases and speeches presented by the Minister and Deputy Minister of Health 
  • Reports, resources and programs for several of today's more talked about diseases and conditions

International Resources

Note: Brackets beside each resource listed below denotes its location.

American Academy of Family Physicians (US)

Key contents of this website include:

  • Clinical Recommendations
  • Online Continuing Medical Education
  • American Family Physician – a peer-reviewed journal

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (US)

Key contents of this website include:

  • Continuing Medical Education information
  • Ethics in Obstetrics and Gynaecology available online
  • News releases

American College of Surgeons (US)

Key contents of this website include:

  • Summary of all ACS programs and activities
  • ACS Newscope – a weekly news update from the ACS

FP Notebook (US)

This site is intended to aid primary care providers in their pursuit of optimal care, well-informed patients and healthy lifestyles. Information is gleaned from reputable sources, referenced where possible, taken from lectures and workshops, peer reviewed articles, bulletins and key texts. New approaches to medical problems are referenced with supporting studies and further reading is often suggested on general medical issues.

Bandolier (UK)

Bandolier is a user-friendly, evidence based Web resource. The Web site provides concise, evidence based reviews of current medical care issues. The home page offers access to 36 topic areas (e.g., asthma; ear, nose and throat [ENT]; and pain). The intended audience appears to be general practitioners, and many of the topics are relevant to primary care. This monthly newsletter is available free on the Internet at the website above. The contents are downloadable as portable document files (PDFs).

BestBETs (UK)

BETs were developed in the Emergency Department of Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK, to provide rapid evidence-based answers to real-life clinical questions, using a systematic approach to reviewing the literature. BETs take into account the shortcomings of much current evidence, allowing physicians to make the best of what there is. Although BETs initially had an emergency medicine focus, there are a significant number of BETs covering cardiothoracics, nursing, primary care and paediatrics.

National Guideline Clearinghouse (US)

The National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) is a comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (formerly the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research [AHCPR]), in partnership with the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Association of Health Plans.

The NGC mission is to provide physicians, nurses, and other health professionals, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation and use.