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Embase is the medical research database for high-quality, comprehensive evidence

Regulators around the world recognize Embase as a source for medical literature. Life science experts rely on Embase to find relevant and current results based on Emtree indexing of full-text content and dedicated search terms.

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Conduct systematic literature reviews

Embase guides you in using the PICO method in a search. And you can quickly formulate an advanced query to explore deeply indexed content. Your results feed into a strong systematic review that helps you to:

  • Access relevant information from trusted sources

  • Confidently publish original research

  • Tap into a multitude of topics and deeply connected records

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Screen for adverse drug events

Embase empowers your pharmacovigilance search strategy for high-recall, high-precision drug safety monitoring.

  • Use smart tools to ensure you don’t miss important information for compliant pharmacovigilance

  • Track drug-disease relations and drug-drug interactions

  • Recognized by regulatory bodies as a source for discovering adverse events

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Comply with medical device regulations

Embase is recommended by the EMA for meeting the stricter requirements of MDR and IVDR.

  • Capture mentions of medical devices with dedicated device terms, subheadings and synonym suggestions from Emtree

  • Collect data for clinical evaluations, as well as post-market surveillance

  • Quickly create precise and high-recall queries

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What makes Embase a complete biomedical resource?

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Millions of records updated daily

Get unparalleled coverage of the biomedical literature, including information not available in MEDLINE.
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Full-text indexing with the Emtree thesaurus

Select terms from Emtree and transfer them to a search strategy with one click. View synonyms, meaning, and all instances of a term.
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Search wizards and templates

Easily construct an evidence-driven search. Add terms and synonyms from Emtree with a single click and preview the outcome of changing search scope.
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Advanced search

Construct an advanced search with multiple query options and automatically convert your PubMed searches into Embase.
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Alerts, download and search history tools

Export data in the right format for subsequent analyses. Set alerts to make sure you miss nothing.
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Historical records from 1947 to 1973 with Embase Classic

Expand discovery with a backfile of content, robustly indexed with Emtree to extract insights from yesterday and today.

What access options are available for Embase?

Annual subscription

Unlimited access for organizations

For government, institutions, corporate agencies, contract research organizations and consultancies

30-Day access

One user gets 30-day access to (limited to four per year). Includes five email alerts.

For individuals, small and medium size businesses. Excludes contract research organizations and consultancies.

7-Day access

One user gets seven-day access to (limited to four per year).

For individuals, small and medium size businesses. Excludes contract research organizations and consultancies.

"Performing a systematic search of peer-reviewed and gray literature using Embase is generally accepted as a best practice for evidence-based medicine."

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