Research Articles Summarized for Us All

When a good summary of an article will do, check out the resources at 


          These summaries will help you
  • Discover how researchers did the published study and what they found, including
    • What the problem was and why it is studied
    • Who was studied and why the study was done
    • What the scientists found and what the limits of the study were
  • Find overviews about clinical guidelines -official recommendations for doctors in treating patients
To locate a specific summary



These summaries are provided to help patients or their caregivers more fully understand research results. They also provide links  to the full text of  many research articles.
Some full text articles are free. Others require a reduce-fee payment (cheaper than ordering from the publisher!)

 (Always check to see if you can get the article for free or at even lower cost from your area public, medical, or academic library – most libraries will try to help anyone who contacts them directly)



Cochrane Summariesbeta

Independent high-quality evidence for health care decision making

  • Cochrane Collaboration provides well researched reviews of the strongest evidence available about healthcare interventions (as drugs, medical tests,  and medical procedures).
    At this time many treatments and tests have not yet been reviewed. However all reviews at Cochrane were reviewed in-depth by experts in the medical and library fields.               

              To find plain language  and audio summaries of Cochrane Reviews

    • Go to the Cochrane Reviews Home page and scroll down to Browse Free Summaries
    • Click on a topic OR scroll down and click on All Summaries
    • The All Summaries page will allow you to
      • Search by entering words and short phrases (as headache, multiple sclerosis drugs, asthma acupuncture
      • Browse by Health Topics (left column)
      • Include only these in the search results
        • Podcasts – audio summaries
        • PEARLS – guidance and advice for real time decisions

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Cannot find a plain language summary with the above resources?

Consider asking a reference librarian for help at your local public, academic, or hospital library. Many academic and hospital libraries provide at least limited reference service to the public.
Call or email them for information about their services.

You may also contact me at jmflahiff@msncom.  I will do my best to reply within 48 hours.

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