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Resource of the Month: BMJ Best Practice

Bodleian Health Care Libraries resource of the month

Resource of the Month

BMJ Best Practice – Straight to the point of care


You now have access to BMJ Best Practice

The online point of care tool BMJ Best Practice – which gives healthcare professionals fast and easy access to the latest information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions – is now available to all NHS staff.

Updated daily, BMJ Best Practice draws on the latest evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. BMJ Best Practice is available online in a web browser with an NHS OpenAthens account, and as a mobile app with a BMJ personal account.

OUH staff can also get direct access to BMJ Best Practice (without logging-in to OpenAthens) via the link on the front page of the OUH Intranet.

  •         Search thousands of clinical topics and over 6,000 clinical guidelines
  •         Find answers fast using our layout that mirrors the patient consultation
  •         Access anywhere, with online and offline access via the BMJ Best Practice app
  •         Get step-by-step guidance via our unique treatment algorithm tables
  •         Check prescription guidance using linked drug databases and over 250 medical calculators
  •         Stay current with Important Updates highlighted within each topic
  •         Ensure your ongoing professional development, with automatic CME/CPD tracking


Steps to log in via NHS OpenAthens:

  1. Visit and click 'Log in'.
  2. You will be presented with an 'Access through your institution' button.
  3. When selected, you will be asked to search for your institution. Please type and select 'NHS in England' and then log in using your OpenAthens username and password.
  4. Now create your personal account. This will allow you to sign in directly using these details. Your personal account also allows you to log in to the app and to track your CPD/CME activity and download certificates.

NHS OpenAthens (previously called Athens) is the single username and password for nearly all the online library resources purchased for NHS staff. To register and for more information see our online guide.

Please contact your nearest Bodleian Health Care Library for help and advice, or email us at