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Point of Care Tools: Clinical Key

Point of care tools, also known as clinical decision support tools, are designed to provide clinicians with succinct, evidence-based information at the point of need.

What is Clinical Key?

Clinical Key is a robust resource, providing access to:
• Leading medical texts, unabridged and continuously updated
• Full-text articles from top clinical journals
• Peer-reviewed clinical practice guidelines with integrated MEDLINE searches

In addition, Clinical Key provides access to point-of-care tools such evidence-based summaries (Clinical Overviews), procedural videos, and clinical tools such as calculators and algorithms. 

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App features

Browse books by alphabetical title listing or search for a specific title. Many books, like Goldman-Cecil Medicine below, contain supplemental resources like videos. 


Browse journal titles or search within specific journals for full-text articles.  An article search within Clinical Key will pull related full-text articles from the Clinical Key journal collection. 

Search for comprehensive drug monographs for thousands of medications. See below for the content included in the monographs. Please note that this resource is U.S.-based. 

Clinical Overviews is Clinical Key's take on a point of care tool.  It provides evidence-based synopses of conditions across 18 specialties. 


Clinical overviews provide quick, evidence-based information, including:

  • condition synopsis
  • relevant terminology
  • diagnosis, including clinical presentation, causes & risk factors, diagnostic procedures, and differential diagnosis
  • treatment options
  • complications and prognosis
  • links to references

Overviews may include images, graphics, and tables. All overviews also feature the date of initial release or the date the content was revised, so users can assess its currency. 

Clinical Key includes international clinical practice guidelines, which can be browsed alphabetically or by specialty. 

Clinical Key contains a large selection of procedural videos, accompanied by written details, images, and graphics. 

The patient education resources in Clinical Key are useful for patients and clinicians.  Because they are written to be understood by non-clinicians, these resources can be used to begin or support a conversation with a patient. 

Clinical Key has over 4,840,000 images, graphics, and videos in its multimedia collection.  The collection is searchable by specialty or media type. 

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Clinical Key has hundreds of clinical calculators arranged in 15 categories.