Perform simple searches, like the ones you use in Google. A single term for a condition and another for an intervention may suffice.
There is no real need of using a taxonomy, or boolean terms, such as AND or OR (they work, but are rarely needed. If you are really fond of this kind of search strategies, you can use our advanced search).
You can search in your own language or in English. You can even combine terms from different languages.
Results are displayed by similarity to your query, so what you are looking for should be close to the top of the search.
If you don’t find something relevant in the first pages, it may be better to refine your search.
Refine your search by picking the more relevant words . For instance, remove general, non-descriptive words, such as: therapy, treatment, patients, drugs, efficacy, outcome, etc.
All the information in Epistemonikos is classified and interconnected according to the principles of Evidence-Based Health Care.
From any article you can easily navigate to the best available evidence (e.g. from a study to a systematic review).
You can also use the filter by classification or by year.
Academic research is not always easy to understand, or it requires a lot of time to read and appraisse.
Our team of collaborators is permanently collecting information about main characteristics of articles and external links (e.g. free full text articles).
Additionally, structured summaries are always connected to the original research (i.e. 1-page summaries made by experts in critical appraissal).
We combine automatic translation, crowdsourcing , and collaborative translation, in order to provide all the information in all the different languages included in Epistemonikos.
In non-english interfaces you will see the following icons indicating translation status:
Epistemonikos gathers information from multiple sources of systematic reviews, broad syntheses of reviews and structured summaries.
Primary studies in Epistemonikos include all of the studies that met the inclusion criteria for the systematic reviews in Epistemonikos.
The only limitations for inclusion of primary studies in Epistemonikos are those that were established by the review authors. We do not exclude studies based on publication status, language of publication, year of publication or study design beyond whatever exclusion criteria were used by the review authors.
If you want to read more about where and how Epistemonikos collects information see Epistemonikos protocol
Use our dolmen, a 5-categories diagram that will accurately suggest related evidence with more precision than any other resource.
The relations are not suggested by automatic software, but for the way evidence interconnects (e.g. systematic reviews that share primary studies).
This is a very effective way of navigating Epistemonikos. Give it a try!