BMJ Best Practice app

Have confidence in your clinical decisions! Check guidelines and evidence, consult expert opinion, brush up on rare conditions, and confirm that you are taking the correct course of action.

The BMJ Best Practice app is your instant second opinion, whenever and wherever you need it.


Version 2.0.2 of the BMJ Best Practice app includes:

• Instant downloaded content updates ensuring you have access to the most up-to-date content
• New personalization features including options to add notes and bookmarks
• Improved searching
• New 'resources' section giving you instant access to references and images
• Updated design with clearer reference notations and evidence scores within the text and swipe to browse through a topic

Sample topics

The BMJ Best Practice app includes 20 free sample topics with in-app upgrades to add content across a range of specialties. The topics included are:

  • Acute appendicitis
  • Evaluation of abdominal pain in children
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Syphillis infection
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus

Due to the large amount of content in the app, you must be using wifi to download topics. If you are downloading all content, please note that it can take up to 20 minutes to complete.

Institutional downloads

If your institution has a subscription to Best Practice you may be able to download all app topics for free. If your institution has a subscription, there are two ways to download the content - please contact your institution's administrator (usually your librarian) to find out which applies.

1. Institutional access code
Some institutions can download all topics for free using an 'institutional number'. Once you have downloaded the app, you are presented with a screen prompting you to 'Login' or 'Create account'.

If you have previously created a 'My BMJ Best Practice' account, then click 'Login' and use these details. If not, click 'Create account'.

You are then presented with one of the pages below (depending on if you are logging in or creating an account).


To download all topics free free, enter the 'Institutional number' in the relevant box.

After filling in all sections, click either 'Sign-up' or 'Login', and your download will begin. You must be connected to wifi to download app content.

2. Using your institution's wifi/Athens/Shibboleth/referral URL/proxy server

If you usually use any of the methods below to gain internet access within your institution, you may be able to download all BMJ Best Practice app content for free.

  • Your institution's wifi
  • Athens access
  • Shibboleth sign-in
  • Referral URL
  • Proxy server

After downloading the app, simply either sign in using your current 'My BMJ Best Practice'  account details, or create an account. To download all content, you must ensure you have either signed into, or created your account while using your institution's internet access.

Do not enter an institutional number.

Once you are signed in, the app should automatically start to download all topics.

Help and support

If you have any issues downloading content, or need any other support, please send your full name, institution (if applicable) and issue to: