Better Outcomes Require the Best Evidence
The Most Recent, Relevant, Reliable, and Unbiased Evidence-Based Guidance for Clinical Practice in Emergency Medicine
Optimizing patient outcomes by promoting and encouraging the wide-spread adoption of evidence-based medicine (EBM) in clinical practice. BEEM identifies the highest quality research, applies it to clinical guidelines, and shares it with Emergency Medicine practitioners through its CME courses and online journal. BEEM also helps physicians develop a deeper understanding of how research data is interpreted by offering training and workshops in Clinical Epidemiology.
Thousands of research articles from over 100 medical journals are constantly added to the database. BEEM continuously searches for the latest articles related to Emergency Medicine. Articles meeting the inclusion criteria are sorted by discipline and study design.
To assess relevance, BEEM uses its validated BEEM Raters program. Using only the study titles and conclusions, BEEM’s international network of Emergency Physicians rate the selected articles for their relevance to clinical practice. Articles with a median score of 5 or higher are selected for Critical Appraisal.
Our in-house team of clinical epidemiologists appraise each qualifying article to identify errors and sources of bias and determine the validity of each study’s results. Articles and critical appraisals are then sent to select physicians with relevant subspecialty expertise for consensus on clinical applicability.
BEEM is an independent group of emergency physician researchers and educators and has no relationship with industry. This ensures that our searches, critical appraisals, and commentaries are free of outside influence.
1Number Needed to Read (NNR) = 1
The NNR is an index developed by researchers and academics that is simply the number of papers from a particular publication that are needed to read before finding one that is relevant and of sufficient quality to be incorporated into clinical practice. The lower the number, the better the information source. BEEM’s validated relevance assessment method and its use of Clinical Epidemiology to evaluate study quality ensures that all BEEM articles are EM relevant and contain usable guidance. Consequently, BEEM’s NNR is 1.