Individual evidence reports within DynaMed include a level of evidence grading system.
• Grade A recommendation
(consistent high-quality evidence)
• Grade B recommendation
(inconsistent or limited evidence)
• Grade C recommendation
(lacking direct evidence)
These are based on the Strength Of Recommendation Taxonomy and are described in detail in Am Fam Physician 2004 Feb 1;69(3):548-56.
Searching in DynaMed:
DynaMed can be searched one of three ways:
NOTE: terms entered in the "Find' search box will locate the terms within the entire text and not solely within the title
Displayed in subsections e.g. Prognosis, causes and risk factors, Treatment, and History. These can be accessed either via the main results box or from the left hand side. Some topics have options to directly display, Diagnosis (Dx), Treatment summaries (Tx), or Dosage (Rx) from the results menu.
Where WARNINGS are available these will be automatically displayed
Calculators, medical equations, clinical criteria, unit & dose converters, and decision trees can be accessed from the 'Calculators' link in the menu bar at the top of the DynaMed homepage.
Patient handouts are taken from a variety of sources and can be found under each topic section. The handouts are provided via links to the originating source.
CME credits can be freely obtained by reading DynaMed's Weekly Update. The weekly update selectes articles that DynaMed staff feel are most likely to change clinical practice. Completion of the post test allows doctors to receive CME credits. To sign up and for more information click on the "weekly update" link at the top right hand corner of each page within DynaMed.