Discover Evidence

If you want to find high quality evidence on a subject, there are a number of resources you can search.

You will need an NHS Athens username and password to access and search those marked **. To register click here.

TRIP Database

The TRIP Database is a clinical search engine designed to allow health professionals to quickly find answers to their clinical questions using the best available evidence.

The TRIP Database started in 1997 as a result of the work of the founders (Jon Brassey and Dr Chris Price) in answering clinical questions. They recognised that searching multiple websites separately for relevant information was time-consuming. The creation of the TRIP Database allowed the simultaneous searching of multiple sites, hence speeding up the question answering process.

Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is a collection of 6 databases that contain high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It includes the full text of Cochrane Systematic Reviews, widely regarded as the gold standard for evidence, plus the abstracts of: other systematic reviews, clinical trials, economic evaluations and health technology assessments.


OTseeker is a database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and other resources relevant to occupational therapy interventions. Most trials have been critically appraised for their validity and interpretability. In one database, OTseeker provides fast and easy access to information from a wide range of sources to inform occupational therapy.


PEDro is the Physiotherapy Evidence Database. PEDro is a free database of over 34,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. For each trial, review or guideline, PEDro provides the citation details, the abstract and a link to the full text, where possible. All trials on PEDro are independently assessed for quality. These quality ratings are used to quickly guide users to trials that are more likely to be valid and to contain sufficient information to guide clinical practice. PEDro is produced by the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy at The George Institute for Global Health.

Social Care Online

The UK’s largest database of information and research on all aspects of social care and social work.


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