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Welcome to the Oliver White Medical Center Digital Library

Discover resources across and beyond our collections


What is PICO Searching?

PICO is a format for developing a good clinical research question prior to starting one’s research. It is a mnemonic used to describe the four elements of a sound clinical foreground question. The question needs to identify the patient or population intended to study, the intervention or treatment plan to use, the comparison of one intervention to another (if applicable) and the anticipated outcome. These make up the four elements of the PICO model: Patient/ Problem, Intervention, Comparison and Outcome. The PICO process starts with a case scenario from which a question is constructed which is relevant to the case and phrased in such a way as to facilitate finding an answer. Once a well-structured question is formulated, researchers will be in a better position to search the literature for evidence supporting their original PICO question. 

PICO Search Aid


GIDEON (Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Network), is the world's premier global infectious disease knowledge management tool. It underscores a key decision support system for infectious diseases which also helps clinicians stay current on the latest trends in epidemiology and treatment.

Oliver White Medical Center Collaboration Hub

The OWMC Collaboration Hub encourages interprofessional healthcare, teamwork and cooperation among our diverse teams. It helps teams aid in promoting a culture of evidence-based practice and enhances the ability for our practitioners to practice at the highest level. 

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Research & Analysis

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OWMC's evidence-based research and analysis is an effective way to improve our healthcare quality. Here you can directly search resources like, MEDLINE, CINAHL, and others to allow for a top-down approach in locating the best evidence and well-conducted systematic reviews. These resources offer the advanced features including source-specific limiters and subject heading mapping which are essential for developing a conclusive statement in answering a clinical or policy question.

Statistical Analytics

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By using these analytics, OWMC users can gain a comprehensive and detailed understanding of the patient journey, including all touchpoints and influence points throughout the entire healthcare experience. This tool will also aid in monitoring and tracking diseases, including demographic information, symptoms, treatments, and health outcomes.

Projects & Data Extraction


Project management is critical to ensure that trials are set up, enrolled, conducted, and reported on-time and on-budget. Data Extraction Form templates are also available here to fit the needs of your review/project. The length and format of this form will vary based on the nature of the research question, the number and types of studies included and what types of analysis conducted.

Clinical Practice Improvements

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CPI's aid with systematic, formal approaches to analyzing practice performance and efforts to improve performance across OWMC.