POEM - Acronym which stands for "Patient Oriented Evidence that Matters". Term coined by Slawson and Shaughnessy to describe the kind of article that is most relevant for physicians to know about, because it uses patient-oriented outcomes, deals with a problem that we see in our practice, and has the potential to change the way we practice.
DOE - Acronym that stands for "Disease Oriented Evidence". Term coined by Slawson and Shaughnessy to describe the kind of article that is least relevant for physicians to know about, because it uses intermediate or disease-oriented outcomes. This kind of evidence should not change or guide practice because it is premature.
Cochrane Collaboration - The Cochrane Collaboration is an international group devoted to doing systematic reviews of the literature to answer common clinical problems. Divided into over 40 groups, each tackles a different perspective or organ-system. For example, the Stroke Working Group has done over 40 meta-analyses on important topics such as the use of thrombolytics, heparin, and aspirin in acute stroke. Visit the Cochrane Web site for more information.