Embase provides the information researchers need

Finding all relevant information from the biomedical literature is key to creating high-quality systematic reviews that accelerate evidence-based clinical decisions and improve patient outcomes.

Unique coverage of the most important types of evidence and search tools specifically designed to pinpoint relevant biomedical literature ensures that biomedical researchers can generate the most impactful analyses, including Systematic or Rapid reviews, Health technology assessments (HTA), Post authorization safety (PASS) or efficacy (PAES) studies, Clinical practice guidelines and more in support of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM).

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Biomedical Literature – Embase | Elsevier

  • Dedicated search form for building searches using the PICO (Patient, Intervention, Comparison/control, Outcome) framework
  • More than 37 million records from over 8,100 journals and “grey literature” from over 3.6 million conference abstracts
  • Coverage of the most important types of evidence, including randomized controlled trials, controlled clinical trials, Cochrane reviews and meta-analyses
  • Deep indexing using the Emtree life science thesaurus, which includes over 86,000 preferred terms and 400,000 synonyms, as well as trial and study types, reviews and meta-analysis
  • First Emtree branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine taxonomy, with 61 classical acupuncture points, classified by the 14 meridians/vessels, and 15,000 relevant synonyms to facilitate search/discovery by variations in use of pinyin and the current WHO-endorsed (alphanumeric) coding system
  • Unique non-English content, along with detailed indexing of study types, trial phases, patient populations etc.
  • The Cochrane Collaboration recommends searching in Embase
  • Embase is recommended by the following regulatory bodies and authorities for maintaining awareness of safety profiles, and clinical and economic evidence:
    • WHO Handbook for guideline development (2nd Edition)
    • Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions Version 5.1.0
    • Joanna Briggs Institute Reviewers’ manual 2016 edition
    • The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines
    • European network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) - Process of information retrieval for systematic reviews and health technology assessments on clinical effectiveness (Version 1.2, December 2017)

Fact sheet

Retrieving relevant and high-quality evidence from the ever-increasing volume of Biomedical literature is a challenge. Embase allows you to search the widest possible pool of data with precision.

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Systematic review guide

Learn how to set up a Systematic Review in Embase using the PICO (Patient, Intervention, Case/Control, Outcome) framework

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Systematic Review Guide

Learn how to set up a Systematic Review in Embase using the PICO (Patient, Intervention, Case/Control, Outcome) framework

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Systematic literature searching

Guest speaker, Dr. Chien-Chang Lee, Director, Department of Emergency Medicine at National Taiwan University Hospital, takes us through how to conduct systematic reviews for diagnostic test accuracy.

High-quality systematic searching

Guest speaker Wichor Bramer, biomedical information specialist in Erasmus MC, Rotterdam demonstrates his unique method using Embase to create exhaustive and high quality searches in a much shorter time than usual.


Customer testimonials

Covering international literature is impossible without Embase. I have no recollection of any other database to be including literature from any language and any country besides indexing so many conferences.

—Farhad Shokraneh, Research Fellow School of Medicine, University of Nottingham
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Embase is a must when you’re searching through medical literature.

—Edith Clausen, Research Librarian at Aarhus University Hospital
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