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External research service with critical appraisal of the medical literature at a university medical centre
  1. A Juche1,
  2. U Euler1,
  3. B Brüggenjürgen1,
  4. S N Willich1,
  5. R Kunz2
  1. 1Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Economics, Charité Hospital, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  2. 2Department of Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Charité Hospital, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor S N Willich, Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité Hospital, Humboldt University of Berlin, 10098 Berlin, Germany;

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Between August and December 2001 we conducted a pilot project at the Charité Medical Center in Berlin,1 extending results of a similar study in the primary care setting by Swinglehurst et al2 in which an information service providing evidence-based answers to questions posed by GPs and nurse practitioners in Great Britain was described and evaluated.

All clinicians at our university hospital were contacted by email and we offered to address any medical question they might have over a period of 6 weeks by conducting a rigorous literature search and critically appraising the sources identified. All questions submitted were answered by two internal medicine specialists trained in evidence-based medicine. …

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