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Health Sciences: Final Year Nursing Students

Trip - Turning Research into Practice

Trip medical database is a a smart, fast tool to find high quality clinical research evidence.

Link to Trip

The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority

The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) is the independent body responsible for monitoring and inspecting the availability and quality of health and social care services in Northern Ireland, and encouraging improvements in the quality of those services.

Link to RQIA

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership - HQIP

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) was established in 2008 to promote quality in healthcare, and in particular to increase the impact that clinical audit has on healthcare quality improvement. They are an independent organisation led by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Royal College of Nursing and National Voices. 

Link to HQIP

NHS England - Clinical Audit

Clinical audit is a way to find out if healthcare is being provided in line with standards and lets care providers and patients know where their service is doing well, and where there could be improvements.

The aim is to allow quality improvement to take place where it will be most helpful and will improve outcomes for patients. Clinical audits can look at care nationwide, National Clinical Audits and Local Clinical Audits can also be performed locally in trusts, hospitals or GP practices anywhere healthcare is provided.

Link to NHS England - Clinical Audit

Link to PowerPoint shown at the Clinical Guidelines Conference

The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library (named after Dr Archie Cochrane) is a collection of databases in medicine and other healthcare specialties provided by the Cochrane Collaboration and other organizations. At its core is the collection of Cochrane Reviews, a database of systematic reviews and meta-analyses which summarize and interpret the results of medical research.


CINAHL Subject Heading Searching

CINAHL subject headings are assigned to each record to describe the content of the article.Subject headings are descriptive terms added by the database creators to describe the content of articles in a consistent, standardised vocabulary; regardless of the terminology used by the original authors.

Link to CINAHL

Evidence Search - the heath professionals alternative to Google

What is Evidence Search and what does it contain?

  • Evidence Search is an online search engine that identifies relevant clinical, public health and social care guidance.
  • Evidence Search gives free access to health, public health and social care information from over 1000 trustworthy and accredited sources.
  • All  of the information on Evidence Search is checked by a team of staff employed by NICE before it is added to the web site.
  • Its sources include the British National Formulary, Clinical Knowledge Summaries, SIGN, Cochrane Library, Social Care Online, GOV.UK, NICE Guidelines and many more.

Link to Evidence Search

Grey Literature

Grey literature is the term given to non-traditional publications (material not published by mainstream publishers). For example - leaflets, reports, conference proceedings, government documents, preprints, theses, clinical trials, blogs, tweets, etc.. 

The majority of grey literature is generally not peer-reviewed so it is very important to critically appraise any grey literature before using it unless you are using a web site like Evidence Search.

Listed below you will find a selection of sources you can use to search for grey literature. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and there may be other useful sources of information available.

Evidence Search Health and Social Care (NICE) provides access to selected and authoritative evidence in health, social care and public health

The British Library has a comprehensive collection of public available reports, conferences and theses covering all subject disciplines

HealthKnowledge is a public health learning platform

Open Grey is a multidisciplinary European database, covering science, technology, biomedical science, economics, social science and humanities 

The Campbell Collaboration is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions in crime & Justice, International Development, and Social Welfare 

The King's Fund  is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England

Social Care Online is the UK's largest online database of information on al aspects of social work amd social care

UK Clinical Research network Study Portfolio is a repository for recording research taking place within the NHS in the UK.  

National Technical Information Service provides access to the results of both US and non-US government sponsored research

Useful print/electronic books

These are useful books which will help you with your research skills which we have in the library, please check WebCat to find other useful books which we have in stock.
Anderson, A. (2015) Statistics for big data for dummies. Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley  & Sons. WebCat link to e-book, print copy
Aveyard, H. (2014) Doing a literature review in health and social care. 3rd edn. Maidenhead: Open University Press. WebCat link to e-book , print copy
Bowling, A. (2014) Research methods in health: investigating health and health services. 4th edn. Maidenhead: Open University Press. WebCat link to print copy, e-book
Cook, A. (2004) Basic skills in statistics : a guide for healthcare professionals. London: Class WebCat link to e-book
Coughlan, M. (2013) Doing a literature review in nursing, health and social care. London: SAGE.  WebCat link to print copy
Dhamija, B. (2012) Clinical audit for doctors and healthcare professionals : a comprehensive guide to best practice as part of clinical governance. London: BPP Learning Media. WebCat link to print copy, WebCat link to e-book
Dixon, N.(2008) Getting clinical audit right to benefit patients. Romsey, Healthcare Quality Quest. WebCat link to print copy
Field, A. P. (2013) Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics : and sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll. London: Sage. Link to print copy
Foster, L. (2015) Beginning statistics : an introduction for social scientists. London: Sage. WebCat link to print copy
Greenhalgh, T. (2014) How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine. 5th edn. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell: BMJ Books. WebCat link to print copy, WebCat link to e-book
Kogan, M & Redfern, SJ (1995)  Making use of clinical audit : a guide to practice in the health professions. Buckingham: Open University Press. WebCat link to print copy
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (2002) Principles for best practice in clinical audit: Abingdon: Radcliffe Medical  WebCat link to print copy 
Pallant, J. (2016) SPSS survival manual : a step by step guide to data analysis using IBM SPSS. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education. WebCat link to print copy
Reddy, PS. (2012) Introduction to clinical effectiveness and audit in healthcare. Bloomington: Xlibris Corp. WebCat link to print copy
Ridley, D. (2012) The literature review.  2nd edn.  London: Sage. WebCat link to print copy
Siu, C. (2013) Doing a research project in nursing and midwifery : a basic guide to research using the literature review methodology. London: Sage  WebCat  link to print copy
Stewart, A. (2016) Basic statistics and epidemiology. 4th edn. London: CRC Press.  WebCat link to print copy, e-book
Williamson, JR & Whittaker. A. (2014) Succeeding in literature reviews and research project plans for nursing students. 2nd edn. London: SAGE/Learning Matters. WebCat link to print copy

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