EBM Guidelines Online Help


Starting the program

EBM Guidelines News

When the program starts, a news report will be shown with information about the updates of the databases, the program’s new features and the list of the most read articles.

Search program

Search terms

The search field for typing in the search terms is located in the upper right corner of the program browser. The search is directed at all databases (articles, evidence summaries, pictures and audio samples) and the program searches simultaneously by both index words and text words anywhere in the article.

Each article contains a list of defined search terms, in other words, it has been indexed by using words that describe its content. The articles are also indexed according to author and speciality. Words in the text can be any words or only parts of words.

Search terms can be combined by using the "and" operator. For example, search terms "child and fever" can be used to search for articles discussing both children and fever.

An asterisk (*) can be used to replace several characters in a search term.

You can empty the search field by clicking at Clear above the Search field.

Search results

The search result or the list of hits is shown on the right side of the browser window below the search field. After you have entered the search term, click the Search button or press Enter on the keyboard for obtaining the list.

New and updated articles

Above the Search button you see an Updates link for searching only updated articles. By clicking this link you can target your search at articles that have been updated or added during the last 6 months.

If you want to see only updated articles on asthma, type the word asthma in the search field, then click the Updates link for a list of hits. You can follow the developments in a speciality of your interest by typing the name of the speciality as the search term and clicking Updates.

The hit list and the Browse list both show updated articles with a red dot before the heading.

Search-related functions

Above the search field you will find other buttons for the following functions: browsing, viewing the vocabulary, history of read articles and clearing the search field.


By clicking the Browse button you can view the contents of the databases like the contents list of a book. You can also choose a speciality or a sub-speciality as the topic for browsing. The table of contents shows article headings under each chapter heading. The articles are obtained by clicking the title.


The vocabulary can be used to find the correct search term. Type at least three characters in the search field and click the Vocabulary button. A list of the exact search terms that contain the given string of characters is given below the search field. When you choose a term from the list, it will be copied automatically to the search field and the results are listed.

Type, for example, "asth" in the search field and click Vocabulary. The list shown below contains the search terms "asthma", "asthma exacerbation" and "asthma prevention". By clicking at "asthma prevention" the term will be copied to the search field.


The titles of all previously read articles remain in the history where you can quickly revert to them. The data on history is preserved only for the present session and disappear when the browser is closed. The history of read articles is obtained by clicking at History.


The last functional search button is Clear which empties the field and allows to make a new search more quickly.

Reading an article

Opening an article

Open an article by clicking its title in the hit list. The article is shown on the left side of the window. To make browsing through the articles quicker and easier, the title of the opened article is shown with bold typeface in the hit list.

Table of contents

Each article contains a table of contents that consists of links to article subheadings. You can move on to sections of the article by clicking at these subheadings. You can return to the table of contents by pressing the Home key of your keyboard.


Moving by links

Many articles contain several types of links. The colour of the link shows the link type.

You can see the heading of the article behind the link by placing the cursor on top of the link. The title is also shown in the browser’s status bar. Use the browser’s Back and Forward buttons to move between read articles.

Links showing the quality of evidence

Articles in the EBMG database contain links that show the level of scientific evidence. The links have white letter codes (A–D) on a red background. By clicking the letter you will obtain the material describing the level of evidence, the evidence summary with links to full-text Cochrane reviews.

Evidence summaries begin with a heading, followed by the letter code. A statement to which the evidence code refers is given below the heading. This statement is followed by a short description of original research or systematic reviews. Full-text Cochrane reviews are available whenever the evidence is based on them.

By clicking the code field of an evidence summary, a table «Grading the quality of evidence»1 showing the above definitions will open.

Hardware and program requirements

EBM Guidelines can be used with any modern Internet browser in any operating system.

The speed of your Internet connection also affects the performance of the program. The program naturally functions best with a fast connection. With slower connections you can try to limit the volume by defining searches carefully.

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