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

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NHS Evidence

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