NHS Evidence - updated
NHS Evidence makes quality-assured, best-practice information freely and easily accessible.
It is the place to go to find out what best practice looks like as well as how to deliver it. NHS Evidence provides access to more than 250,000 health and social care resources including access to specialised content, including national collections of evidence in areas such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular and commissioning.From May 2011 NHS Evidence will be changing, and simplifying the design of the Website. They will be moving away from the traditional list based results (Like used on Google and other search websites) and moving towards structured search results. There also will be new clinical topic areas, created by clinicians and a lot more focus on providing 'accredited' information sources.
For the first time, users can search key sources simultaneously – including British National Formulary (BNF), National electronic Library for Medicines (NeLM) and National Prescribing Centre (NPC)– to quickly and easily access information pertinent to their professional practice. Users can also browse new clinical topic areas – developed by clinicians - which bring together the latest guidelines, high quality patient information, ongoing trials and other selected information. Users can register and get regular updates on changes to guidance. NHS staff who have an Athens account get free access to paid-for databases of evidence (e.g. MEDLINE, CINAHL), e-books and key journals (e.g. BMJ, JAMA).
NHS Evidence is designed for health and social care professionals but is also accessible to patients, and provides information to aid the clinician/patient interaction. By using NHS Evidence, patients will be better informed about their condition, the lifestyle options which might improve it, and the treatments available.