Point-of-care tools, as the name suggests, are designed to be used during patient interactions. The purpose of point-of-care tools is to provide quick and easy access to synthesised and pre-appraised evidence to support clinical decision making by physicians, medical students, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and other health care professionals. The summaries mirror a patient consultation; each clinical topic starting with an overview, followed by diagnosis, management or treatment approach and detailing complications and prognosis of the condition. Resources such as guidelines, patient leaflets and a list of references complete each topic.

There are a number of tools available that provide summaries on a wide range of health conditions. If you are studying a health related discipline you may utilise some of these resources whilst on placement, most likely in a hospital setting.

Your library has a subscription to a number of point-of-care resources some include:

 BMJ Best Practice

Designed and built from the ground up for use specifically as a decision-support tool at the point of care. Latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion are combined in a single source and presented in a step-by-step approach, covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Provides a second opinion, without the need for checking multiple resources.

Dynamed Plus

A clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other healthcare professionals. It contains clinically-oriented, evidence-based summaries written by medical experts for point-of-care use by physicians, medical students, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and other health care professionals. The DynaMed Plus version has greater scope and functionality with overviews, recommendations, specialty topics, drug information, graphics and images, direct links to article references in full text, and mobile access. It is updated multiple times daily to insure currency.


Designed to answer the clinical questions that arise in daily practice. UpToDate covers over 10,000 clinical topics in over 20 medical specialties and includes links to fulltext articles, drugs & drug interaction databases, and medical calculators. It is written, reviewed and continuously updated by over 5,100 physicians to ensure that the content remains current, and contains the equivalent of over 77,000 pages of original, peer-reviewed text.

Contact your nearest health librarian for more advice: https://www.monash.edu/library/skills/contacts/fac-medicine or https://www.monash.edu/library/skills/contacts/fac-pharmacy


Authors: Madeleine Bruwer and Mina Nichols-Boyd are Subject Librarians for Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences,  and are located at the C L Butchers Pharmacy Library.