Evidence Based Resources

These are some of the evidence based reources. To access many of these resources, you need an NHS Athens username and password. If you have not registered already  Register now.

NHS Evidence

Health Care Databases 

British National Formulary 

Cochrane Library

NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries (formerly Prodigy)

NICE Pathways

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

TRIP (Turning Research Into Practice) Database

CASP Cheklists 

Cochrane Journal Club Toolkit


Testing treatments

Clinical Trials Toolkit

NICE – National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence 
SIGN – Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network  
GAIN – Guidelines and Audit Implementation Network 


  • AGREE – Tool for Appraising Guidelines
  • PRISMA – Systematic Reviews/Meta-analyses
  • CONSORT – Standard Format for RCTs

Some books available in the library:

Achieving evidence based practice : a handbook for practitioners by
Hamer, S. Collinson, G. (eds.) Bailliere Tindall: Edinburgh, 2005. 2nd ed.
This book provides clear, practical guidance on how to provide evidence-based practice from understanding and interpreting research findings to implementing and managing change.

Clinical evidence by
Godlee, F.(ed.) BMJ Publishing: London, 2004. Issue 11
Clincial Evidence is continually updated international sources of the best available evidence on the side effects of common clinical interventions.  It provides a succinct account of the current state of evidence on the prevention and treatment of a wide range of clinical conditions.  It can be used by anyone making decisions about patient care.  Available as a full text edition, concise edition Clinical Evidence is a accessible to a wide range of healthcare professionals.

Dictionary of evidence-based medicine by
Po, Alain Li Wan, Radcliffe Medical: Oxon, 1998.
A dictionary of commonly used terms in evidence-based medicine. It contains definitions, explanatory notes and references. This text is suitable for both
pharmacist and doctors not familiar with statistical terms, and statisticians not familiar with pharmaceutical or clinical terminology.

Evidence-based healthcare: how to make health policy and management decisions by
Gray, J.A.M. 2nd ed. 2001 Churchill Livingstone.
In this book the practical experience of many people and projects who have been developing ways of finding, appraising and acting on evidence is distilled into a practical guide for those who manage or purchase health services or make health policy. The first edition was published in 1996.

Evidence-based health care supporting evidence-based decision making in practice: a CASP CD-ROM and workbook by
Critical Appraisal Skills Programme Minervation Ltd. Update Software: Oxford, 2005.
This interactive CD-ROM and Workbook distils many years of teaching experience by the CASP team. Learn how to find,  interpret, appraise and act on all types of evidence.

Evidence-based medicine: how to practice and teach EBM by
Straus, S.E. Sackett, D. Richardson, W.S. Glasziou, P. Haynes, B.R. Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh, 2005. 3rd ed.
A third edition of the best known introduction to EBM. This is a pocket-sized introduction which tells the reader how to integrate the best available evidence with his or her own clinical expertise, written by world-renowned authorities. Following the retirement of David Sackett from the EBM field and the author team of the book, his colleagues have revised the book throughout and, in answer to common criticisms have focussed on how EBM can be practiced in real time in a variety of clinical settings.

How to read a paper : the basics of evidence-based medicine by
Greenhalgh, T. Blackwell: Oxford, 2006. 4th ed.
The book that health professionals turn to for a full and clear explanation of the principles of evidence-based medicine. The author’s descriptions of clinical research papers and how to critically appraise them are so simply presented as to be understandable by readers at all levels, from student to specialist.

Evidence-based general practice: a critical reader by
Ridsdale, L, W B Saunders Co Ltd: London, 1995.
This is a critical examination of the literature relating to the “core curriculum” being developed by the Royal College of General Practitioners, focusing on the behaviour of GPs and their patients, rather than on purely clinical subjects. The text begins with an introduction to critical methods that are then related to distinct problem areas. It brings together the seminal literature that all trainee GPs are expected to be aware of in making decisions about their own behaviour; and it gives insight into how to approach

Medical statistics at a glance by
Petrie, A. Sabin, C. Blackwell: Oxford, 2005. 2nd ed.
“Medical Statistics at a Glance” provides a concise and accessible introduction to and revision aid for this complex subject. Following the familiar easy-to-use at a Glance format, it leads the reader through a number of self-contained chapters which explain the underlying concepts of medical statistics and provide a guide to the most commonly used statistical procedures. T his new edition of “Medical Statistics at a Glance”: contains a second colour throughout to enhance the visual appeal presents the key facts accompanied, where appropriate, by clear and informative tables and diagrams features worked examples in each chapter, with emphasis on the interpretation of computer data analysis rather than on complex hand calculations includes new chapters entitled Rates and Poisson regression, Generalized linear models, Explanatory variables in statistical models and Regression models for clustered data has an accompanying website containing supplementary material including an extensive reference list and multiple choice questions (MCQs) with interactive answers for self-assessment. “Medical Statistics at a Glance” will appeal to all medical students, junior doctors

Randomised controlled trials by
Jadad, A. R, BMJ Books: London, 1998.
The randomized controlled trial (RCT) is one of the simplest, yet most powerful tools of research. It is also frequently abused and misunderstood. This text is written for those interested in the use of RCTs in clinical, research or policy decisions.

Randomised controlled trials and multi-centre research by
Underwood, M. Hannaford, P. Slowther, A. 2000

The Evidence Base of Clinical Diagnosis by
Knottnerus, J.A, BMJ Books: UK, 2002.
While most books on evidencebased medicine deal with the interpretation of  diagnostic test results, this work addresses methods to construct the design  itself. The book presents a framework for choosing an appropriate study  design, and for
preparing and executing diagnostic studies

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