Epistemonikos is a collaborative, multilingual database of health evidence. It is the largest source of systematic reviews relevant for health-decision making, and a large source of other types of scientific evidence.
Epistemonikos was founded by Gabriel Rada and Daniel Pérez. Many institutions and hundreds of collaborators are involved in different aspects, and most of them contribute without an economic retribution.
It is now maintained by Epistemonikos foundation, a not for profit organization based in Santiago, Chile.
The greek word epistemonikos was used by Aristotles, meaning "What is worth knowing". This word was later translated into latin as scientia. We have picked this name because of several reasons:
The original diagram to show how articles interconnect in Epistemonikos included 5-categories and resembled a neolithic dolmen (don’t know what a dolmen is, go to Wikipedia. Want to see more dolmens, go to Pinterest to see our selection).
Two categories (structured summaries of systematic reviews and structured summaries of primary studies) were merged afterwards, and then the category of structured summaries was removed from the diagram, even though it is still accessible from the search and through the connections between articles.
So, the diagram has now 3-categories, but the logo remained.
The main aim of Epistemonikos is to gather scientific information (i.e. evidence) that might be relevant for health decision-making, and to provide rapid and reliable access to the best available evidence for real-life questions.
Epistemonikos is aimed to health professionals, researchers and health decision-makers. It is not intended for the general public, even though it has been used by well-informed lay people and journalists successfully.