About Us:


The Research and Development Resource Base (RDRB) is a bibliographic database of literature that began over 25 years ago as a hard copy review of about 200 papers in continuing medical education called “The impact of CME: An annotated bibliography”. The focus was the delivery and evaluation of continuing education in the health professions, also incorporating information about practitioner performance in such areas as prescribing behaviors, and health care outcomes. While initially designed around the specifics of continuing education, the field grew to include all interventions, for example, those structured to change practice behavior, optimize performance, and implement guidelines.

The RDRB Today

The RDRB has further expanded and now houses a collection of literature for 3 distinct yet inter-related fields:

Each article in the RDRB has extensive keywords, and many offer a link to a short abstract or summary. Searches can be broadly based or very specific, depending on the selection of keywords.

The RDRB offers information covering general areas such as the following:


Continuing Education & Knowledge Translation - The fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other allied health professions are covered while focusing specifically on Continuing Education and Knowledge Translation for practitioners.

The materials selected follow the general areas listed directly above and coverage is worldwide, however most records are from English-language sources or have English abstracts.

Faculty Development - The Faculty Development portion of RDRB had its start in 2003 when the Centre for Faculty Development was formed in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. It was created and continues to be updated in collaboration with the library of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto. It holds more than 1700 listings in the form of journal articles, books, conference proceedings, and reports as suggested and endorsed by staff from the Centre for Faculty Development. The content of the records focuses on many health education topics, including:

Resources may be found through a search by keyword, publication name or author name. Many references include links to abstract and some to full text.


Participating in the maintenance and ongoing development of the RDRB include the following groups:


We gratefully acknowledge re-development funding and ongoing assistance for the RDRD from our supporters: