Choosing the best sources for writing can be a challenging task. Understanding evidence-based medicine, or EBM, can shed some light regarding the quality and reliability of sources.
EBM is defined and explained on the KT Clearinghouse site (or Knowledge Transfer clearinghouse). This site is funded by the Canadian Institute of Health and Research (CIHR). Access the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and learn about the “Criteria for Inclusion of Evidence Resources“. Others links will lead you to various resources (textbooks, journals, CDs, and websites).
Guidelines are an important part of medical writing and accessing a large variety of updated ones can enable you to be more thorough on the topic you are writing about. Some guidelines are not necessarily updated to reflect recent scientific finds. A good example of this is trying to determine an acceptable range for TSH test results in patients being screened for thyroid health. Acceptable range values can differ considerably from one guideline to the next making it a little tricky when writing about it.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Health care and Services (AHCS) provides the National Guidelines Clearinghouse, a useful database of clinical practice guidelines.
For clinical research rules and regulations, you can find important information through The International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH). Their guidelines will save you a considerable amount of time if you are writing on clinical trials. Follow the links for valuable information.
The Canadian Medical Association Journal has a Medical Writing Centre that can assist biomedical writers on a variety of topics. The Writing Centre offers valuable information on uniform guidelines for biomedical manuscripts. Go to: Medical Writing Centre