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Finding high-quality evidence should be a priority for healthcare practitioners, but knowing which resources provide the latest evidence and accessing reliable information can be difficult. The following resources are recommended specialist online resources which evaluate and summarise available research evidence. These resources aim to support healthcare staff to adhere to the principles of evidence-based healthcare practice and decision-making.

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NICE Guidance
NICE are an independent public body that provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care in England. NICE produce evidence-based recommendations on a broad range of topics and will set out the care and services suitable for most people with a specific condition or need. Guidelines are mainly for individual health and social care practitioners, although some are for local authorities, commissioners and managers, and cover planning, commissioning and improving services.
NICE Evidence
NICE Evidence search provides access to more than 200 selected evidence-based web sources simultaneously, many of which have been accredited as reliable and robust. In NICE Evidence search you will find a wide range of evidence types including systematic reviews, clinical and public health guidance, grey literature and patient information from a number of high-quality sources, including the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, the British National Formulary and the Cochrane Library.
DynaMed Plus
DynaMed Plus is an evidence-based knowledge system that helps healthcare staff make the right decisions at the point of care. It covers over 3,400 clinical topics, providing evidence-graded treatment recommendations as well as diagnostic and other information. Access via NHS Open Athens, the Trust intranet, or download the mobile app for information on the go.
Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. Cochrane produce high-quality, relevant and up-to-date systematic reviews and other synthesised research evidence. 
NICE Pathways
NICE Pathways provides quick and easy access, topic by topic, to the range of guidance from NICE, including quality standards, technology appraisals, clinical and public health guidance and NICE implementation tools.
Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS)
CKS is a readily-accessible summary of the current evidence base and practical guidance on best practice in respect of over 300 common and/or significant primary care presentations.
Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice is an online point of care tool that combines the latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion – presented in a step-by-step approach, covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Access via an NHS OpenAthens account, or download the mobile app.

Operating since 1993, the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) is a collaborative initiative developing and disseminating national clinical guidelines, containing recommendations based on the latest evidence to promote good clinical practice and to improve the quality of healthcare for patients in Scotland by reducing variation in practice and outcome. SIGN also produces an award-winning mobile app, freely available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, which allows you to search for latest guidelines from anywhere.
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