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NHS Evidence is a service from NICE to search evaluated evidence-based information resources in health and social care

NHS Evidence is a service from NICE to search evaluated evidence-based information resources in health and social care

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  • 1. Using NHS Evidence Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries
  • 2. Why use NHS Evidence?
    • Fast and easy to search with a Google-style search box
    • Filtered searching for evidence from a wide variety of evaluated sources
    • Full-text available for most items
    • Free and no passwords required (an NHS Athens account may be required for some items)
  • 3. What does it cover?
    • It covers all areas of health and social care , and includes:
    • Systematic reviews (including Cochrane reviews)
    • Health Technology Assessments
    • Guidelines (mainly UK)
    • Drug information (from BNF and other sources)
    • Statistics
    • Selected primary research
  • 4. How to search
    • Google-style search box
    • Enter keywords from your search
    • No need to worry about ‘and’ or ‘or’ in most cases
    • If you misspell something, you’ll normally get a suggestion
  • 5. Improving your search
    • Consider synonyms of your search words
    • For example, use ‘influenza’ as well as ‘flu’ to get all relevant results
    • Synonyms can be grouped with ‘or’
  • 6. Improving your search
    • To search for a phrase , enclose it in quotes. For example, “allergic rhinitis”
    • Use the wildcard * to search for variations, for example surg* will find surgery and surgeon
    • Some variations of a word will usually be searched automatically, for example ‘strategy’ will also find ‘strategies’
  • 7. Browsing topics
    • Instead of searching, you can browse the many topics available
    • Click on the A-Z link
  • 8. Topic results
    • Selecting a topic provides key information such as guidance, ongoing research, and medicines information
  • 9. Search results
    • Results are shown in order of relevance (but can be sorted by date if preferred)
    • 10 results are shown per page
    • Click on the title of an item to view the full text
  • 10. Filtering results
    • Results can be filtered by:
    • Area of interest
    • Type of Information
    • Clinical Query
    • Source
    • Medicines and Devices
    • Use the links on the left of each screen to filter your results
  • 11. Getting full text articles
    • Some items may be critical appraisals of articles
    • Links to the original article may not be provided
    • To check whether the NHS has access, follow the link to ‘Journals and Databases’.
    • You’ll need your NHS Athens account to see the full range of journals
  • 12. Further features
    • Access to the NHS Healthcare Databases is available through the ‘ Journals and Databases ’ link
    • You can also access NICE Pathways, and QIPP resources from the front page