BMJ Best Practice is designed for use at the point of care and every decision about its content was made with this in mind.

Assessment Topics

Assessment topics support questions relating to specific signs, symptoms and abnormal test results enabling you to narrow down the extensive list of potential causes to a manageable shortlist of working diagnoses in just a few seconds. View a free topic example; Chronic cough (Assessment of)

BMJ Best Practice scored highest in an independent study of diagnostic decision support tools*. It is considered the “most appropriate tool for the clinical setting”

* Pryor M, White D, Potter B, Traill R. Evaluating online diagnostic decision support tools for the clinical setting. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2012:178:180-185.


Condition Topics

Condition topics give an overview of the theory as well as all clinical aspects including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow up giving you the most comprehensive information on a specific condition.


Diagnostic and treatment guidelines

Diagnostic and treatment guidelines provide a critical counter to information overload, so you can clearly differentiate opinion from evidence and quantify the difference in outcome, including benefit and harms. Best Practice’s evidence-based guidelines have international coverage. They are grouped by geographical area, typical patient case histories, and a full reference list. BMJ Best Practice is the only clinical decision support tool that enables hospitals to add their own
guidelines to ensure relevance and adherence to local practice conditions.


Overview topics link to relevant conditions to provide a general synopsis on a group of conditions, for example, acute coronary syndrome. It also acts as a navigation hub with links to associated condition or assessment monographs. Take a look at our topic on Atrial fibrillation

There is also introductory information covering background, pathophysiology, history and evaluation. Links to evidence from sources such as systematic reviews are provided for relevant and available topics. References, relevant images, and credits (such as conflict of interest declarations) are also presented. You can take a look at this in our Adult asthma or Acne vulgaris topics.

More than 250 medical calculators have been added to BMJ Best Practice to better support doctors at the point of care. Medical calculators are among the most popular tools used by healthcare professionals in their daily practice, helping to identify and diagnose a range of conditions.

Patient leaflets

Patient leaflets provide concise, user-friendly summaries to reassure patients and carers and help them make informed, shared decisions with healthcare professionals. Best Practice’s patient leaflets are accredited by the Information Standard and every leaflet is reviewed by the BMJ patient panel. BMJ Best Practice is unique in enabling hospitals to add their own patient leaflets.

Integrated Drug formularies

Integrated Drug formularies enable you to quickly access detailed information on dosing, availability, formulations, side effects and contraindications in:
• British National Formulary (BNF)
• Martindale
• AHFS drug information (published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists)

Local Language searching

Local Language searching – We understand that medical professionals can find it easier and quicker to search medical information in their own language. This is why BMJ Best Practice enables users to search in over 60 languages – more than any other clinical decision support tool.


Translation – BMJ Best Practice is also available in Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.