BMJ Best Practice is an evidence-based generalist point of care tool, uniquely structured around the patient consultation with advice on symptom evaluation, test ordering and treatment approach.

This clinical decision support tool is particularly useful for medical students, junior doctors, multidisciplinary team members (such as nurses and pharmacists), specialists working outside of their specialty, and primary care practitioners.

BMJ Best Practice includes 1000+ evidence-based condition and symptom topics across 32 clinical specialties which provide the user with guidance throughout the full patient journey, from determining diagnosis and treatment approach to follow-up support.

The clinical information focuses on the most commonly presented conditions, as well as those that are clinically significant or relevant to global health such as COVID-19, Ebola, and Zika virus

Our team of experts

Our in-house evidence team collaborates with over 1,600 international expert authors and over 2,500 peer reviewers to ensure that users always have the latest evidence-based information that is practical for the clinical setting.

BMJ Best Practice also offers 

  • a unique Comorbidities Manager to support healthcare professionals to treat the whole patient when managing acute conditions. BMJ Best Practice is the only clinical decision support system to have a dedicated comorbidities manager
  • an award-winning app to provide both online and offline access
  • differential diagnoses, unique treatment algorithms, and step-by-step guidance on treatment to support real-life clinical demands
  • multimedia content such as 5000+ images and videos which provide animated demonstrations of common procedures such as central venous catheter insertion
  • access to nearly 500 evidence-based patient leaflets. The leaflets provide concise, user-friendly summaries to reassure patients and carers and help them to make informed, shared decisions with healthcare professionals
  • 250+ clinical calculators which are available both online and offline to provide quick criteria and calculation support to health professionals
  • typical patient case histories in each condition topic
  • visual alerts to practice-changing evidence. A summary of the most recent updates is provided on the homepage and within relevant topics
  • an EBM Toolkit, which provides the fundamentals to learn, practise and discuss evidence-based medicine
  • international coverage of diagnostic and treatment guidelines grouped by geographical area 
  • a local guidance tool to enable healthcare organisations to easily add links to local clinical information to BMJ Best Practice topics
  • evidence tables to make evidence easier to find, digest and action. This provides healthcare professionals with quick answers to critical evidence questions. Based on GRADE - the international standard in guideline development
  • a unique partnership with Cochrane Clinical Answers, that helps to clearly differentiate opinion from evidence - enabling confident evidence-based decision-making with patients
  • >65,000 references embedded in text as popups 
  • automatic CME/CPD activity tracking on the website and app enables users to demonstrate continuous improvement and print personalised certificates to demonstrate their learning
  • whole topic PDF downloads to support students and practicing healthcare professionals who want to annotate a topic.


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