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Using NHS Evidence for EBM

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Rachel Posaner

on 7 January 2014

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Transcript of Using NHS Evidence for EBM

Limiting your results
*Language …English language items only

*Publication date…items published from 2009 onwards

*Material Type… journal articles only

*Country of Origin….UK based materials only

(remember alternative spellings for non-UK material)

*Age or Gender…..over 80’s/elderly
Which databases?
What is NHS Evidence?
Using NHS Evidence to search the literature
Have a go!
Any Questions?


Rachel Posaner
Emma Green

What is NHS Evidence

Planning your search



"Hands on" session

Feedback and questions

Stage 2 & homework
Where to start...
Keywords/synonyms/alternatives + snowballing!
Decide which sources to search
Try an initial search

Pick a topic
Boolean operators
Planning your search strategy
A good strategy will ensure that your results are relevant and save you time in the long run as you will be able to re-run it on different databases.

*Identify your topic (have a quick look on Google Scholar) to try and identify the key authors/publications in this area or if there are existing reviews.

*Start to put together a search strategy based on the key words/concepts used to describe your topic. (search sheet)

Have you registered for an Athens password?
The question....
The plan.....
Clinical knowledge summaries
*Medline: biomedical literature, US focus

*HMIC: health management/health policy focus

*Web of Science: multidisciplinary, covering science /social sciences

*CINAHL: nursing and allied health disciplines

*ABI Inform/Proquest : business and management

Don't forget: Google Scholar : searches across scholarly material across all subject areas.

You can do this by:

*Export to reference management software

The advantages of referencing software are:.

*All your results are in one place
*You can get rid of duplicates
*You can manually add other useful references
*You can produce a comprehensive bibliography of search

Further help & advice
*NHS Evidence

*Via the library’s homepage at

*“Virtual Library Clinic” service

*Contact Rachel Posaner (R.D.Posaner@bham.ac.uk) or
Emma Green (e.green@bham.ac.uk) to arrange a one-to one session with to help with literature searching

Coffee time!
Try the following question...
Discuss the concept of patient experiences with regards to the treatment of depression”
Discuss the concept of patient experiences with regards to the treatment of depression”
Patient experience
1. Develop a search strategy

2. Search the databases

3. Identify/Analyse your results

4. Retrieve relevant article
4 steps to a successful search
Discuss the concept of "patient experiences" with regards to the treatment of depression
Patient experience

*patient experience
*patient view$
*patient attitude
*Patient participation
*User experience
*User view$
*"the patient experience"

*Mental illness
*Mental health
*Depressive disorder
Downloading your references.
Patient experience
Using "OR"
patient experience AND
Patient experience

Evidence Search which provides free open access to a unique index of health and social care evidence-based information.
Healthcare Database Advanced Search (HDAS), which provides access to an extensive set of journals and bibliographic databases.
Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) which provide primary care practitioners with access to evidence-based guidance on over 300 key conditions presenting in primary care.
UK DUETS, a database of Evidence Uncertainties which provides research funders and researchers access to the ‘known unknowns’ in the evidence base
Bulletins, Alerts and Evidence Awareness service

Using "and"
Discuss the closure of residential care homes for older people.
Discuss the closure of residential care homes for older people
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