March 2023– Following the success of our partnership, we are delighted to announce that Health Library Ireland (HLI) has extended their national subscription to BMJ Best Practice for the third year running, to provide clinical and patient education information to everyone in the Republic of Ireland, including Health Service Executive (HSE) healthcare professionals.

BMJ Best Practice gives healthcare professionals fast and easy access to the latest information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions. Updated daily, it draws on the latest evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. 

The comorbidities manager within BMJ Best Practice supports the management of the whole patient by including guidance on treating a patient’s acute condition alongside their pre-existing comorbidities. 

HLI provides access to BMJ Best Practice as a practical clinical support tool to help all healthcare professionals meet the changing and more complex needs of patients, and maximise their resources, resulting in better care and improving outcomes for patients.

With over 1.5M BMJ Best Practice page impressions (web and app) in 2022, we hope this next year of partnership brings even more success and a greater positive impact on patient care.

Dr Conor Malone, Registrar in Informatics at St James’s Hospital in Dublin said: “Regardless of the area I’m working in, BMJ Best Practice helps me to structure my approach to a patient’s problem – the history-taking, the examination and diagnostics. The tool is like a living text that is constantly updated and contains the latest evidence and guidelines. Using the links to further reading, I can review in more detail information and data from Ireland, the UK, Europe, and the rest of the world. To have all this information summarised in one place is very useful.”

Mr Bernard Gloster, CEO at HSE said:“HSE Health Library Ireland are providing evidence-based research to support patient and service user care. This resource gives Irish health professionals a tool to provide optimum care, irrespective of where they live.”

Louise Crowe, Director of Knowledge at BMJ said: “We are delighted that healthcare professionals in Ireland will continue to use BMJ Best Practice at the point of care. The comorbidities manager within BMJ Best Practice supports the management of the whole patient. In a recent study, 97% of users said it improved their practice. Our vision is to help create a healthier world, and it is fantastic to see BMJ Best Practice positively impacting clinical decisions and patient outcomes.”

All HSE healthcare professionals can use BMJ Best Practice. 

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About BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice takes you quickly and accurately to the latest evidence-based information, whenever and wherever you need it. 

The step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention is updated daily using robust evidence-based methodology and expert opinion.

BMJ Best Practice provides fast access to:

  • Comprehensive condition topics spanning 32 specialties
  • Access anywhere, with online and offline access via the BMJ Best Practice app
  • Step-by-step guidance via unique treatment algorithm tables
  • Comorbidities Manager prompts healthcare professionals to consider a patient’s comorbidities when accessing treatment information on an acute topic
  • A Local Guidance tool enabling healthcare organisations to easily add links to local clinical information
  • More than 250 medical calculators
  • Over 500 patient leaflets
  • Procedural videos covering essential clinical techniques
  • Important Updates and Cochrane Clinical Answers highlighted within each topic
  • Automatic CME/CPD tracking
  • Ability to integrate with Electronic Health Record systems to give easy access to the latest clinical information within the patient workflow 

The clinical support decision tool provides doctors, nurses, paramedics and other healthcare professionals with guidance on the most common medical conditions to improve knowledge and support the delivery of the very best care to patients. It supports teams to treat the whole patient.

About BMJ 

BMJ is a healthcare knowledge provider with a vision of helping to create a healthier world. Most famous for publishing one of the world’s top five general medical journals, The BMJ journal, we share knowledge and expertise to improve experiences and outcomes worldwide. See the difference we are making in our latest impact report:

About HLI

Health Library Ireland (HLI) aims to provide an integrated and high quality national Library service to ensure that the best possible evidence underpins patient care, decision making, education and research in the health service.

Our vision is that: “Everyone working in Ireland’s health services will have access to apply knowledge, and will apply it whenever and wherever they need it to deliver the best possible health and care.”

HLI works to achieve this vision by providing access to:

  • An extensive online library available to HSE, authorised users, S38s and other partners
  • Well-resourced physical libraries throughout the country
  • The expertise of professional Librarian staff
  • Core services, including an evidence request service, information skills training, research digests and open access publishing.  

Our work is user-centred and builds upon the needs, values and preferences of our customers, in alignment with our strategy and the objectives and values of the Health Service Executive.