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Databases and Specialist Resources

National and Regional Resources

The Library and Information Service subscribe to a number or resources that you can access via your Athens account. In the Downloads list opposite you will find a selection of helpsheets that will help you search some of the following resources:

  • HDAS (formally NHS Evidence): your primary gateway to evidence based information and healthcare databases, including Medline, Cinahl, AMED, British Nursing Index, Embase, PsycInfo, Health Business Elite, HMIC etc.
  • Cochrane Database recognised world-wide for its high-quality, independent evidence. This database is freely available without the need for NHS Athens log-in.
  • Trip Database Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care.
  • Emerald Insight - a database of articles on a range of subjects including: health and social care, HR, knowledge managment and sociology.

 Specialist Resources

  • UpToDate uses current evidence to answer clinical questions at the point of care. Provides peer-reviewed, evidence based synthesized information. Please note: you can record your activity and collect CME points while accessing UptoDate but you must register and access via NHS Athens to do so - See Related Publications for more details.
  • 123Doc Medical Exam provides high quality online practice questions and revision resources, tailored for junior doctors taking the MRCP, MRCPCH, MRCPsych, PLAB and FRCA examinations. Use your Athens login to create an account.
  • The Royal Marsden - find evidence based clinical procedure guidelines and access them at work or at home.


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