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Can I trust the findings of this piece of evidence?

  • This Understanding Health Researchtool will guide you through a series of questions to help you review health research that you have come across.
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NHS Evidence Services

Provides free open access to a range of evidence services that provide access to high quality evidence and best practice (including some of the services listed below). The services cover health, social care and public health evidence. OpenAthens login required to access the online databases and journals.

The Cochrane Library

Library comprises of six databases including: Database of Reviews of Effectiveness (DARE), NHS Economic Evaluation Database (EDD) and Health Technology Assessments (HTAs) that contain high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.

The King’s Fund

The King’s Fund’s Information and Knowledge Services provide a free source of information on health and social care policy and management. They can help with literature searches and information queries online, over the phone or in person.

Trip Database

A clinical search engine enabling users to quickly and easily find high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care.

NHS National Institute for Health Research Database

The Clinical Research Network’s portfolio of studies consists of high-quality clinical research studies that are eligible for consideration for support from the Clinical Research Network in England.

UK Clinical Trials Gateway

Here you can sign up to be contacted about relevant research studies as well as search for clinical trials near you.

Centre for Evidence-based Medicine (CEBM)

CEBM aims to develop, teach and promote evidence-based health care through conferences, workshops and EBM tools. See their PICO advice.

Nuffield Trust

Nuffield Trust is an authoritative and independent source of evidence-based research and policy analysis for improving health care in the UK.

The Health Foundation

An independent charity working to improve the quality of healthcare in the UK.

The Commissioning Elf – Blog

Helping commissoners keep up-to-date with latest developments in commissioning and make sense of them.

Guidelines for Patient and Public Involvement in Evaluation

These guidelines aim to support anyone working in evaluation to embed patient and public involvement (PPI) into their evaluation activities and to ensure that public contributors really feel part of the evaluation team.

Guidelines for Best Practice in the Ethics and Governance of Service Evaluation

These guidelines offer a framework for the governance of service evaluation and a code of good practice around ethics.

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