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Key electronic resources

A range of electronic resources are available to NHS staff of the Royal Free Hospital, and UCL staff and students. The resources cover all levels of evidence, from guidelines to primary research articles. Many resources are freely available online, but others require a UCL userid or an NHS Athens account, as explained below.


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Resources requiring a password

Freely available online or in the Library

Clinical search tools  


Evidence Search


Evidence Search

Evidence Search (formerly NHS Evidence) is a free search engine that gives access to clinical and non-clinical information. It includes a range of information types, including some guidelines, systematic reviews, practical implementation tools, and policy documents.

It also includes access to the Quality and Productivity (QIPP) collection, providing examples of how staff are improving quality and productivity throughout the NHS.


Trip Database



Trip Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow clinicians to quickly find answers to their clinical questions using the best available evidence.


Synopses of evidence / Clinical search tools



Map of Medicine


Map of Medicine The Map of Medicine is a collection of evidence-based clinical pathways. It provides a visual representation of each step in a patient’s journey, together with up to date information for the clinician to consider. Non-subscribers can access pathways via NHS Choices.






Clinical Knowledge Summaries

Clinical Knowledge Summaries (formerly PRODIGY) provides evidence-based information about common conditions that present in primary and first-contact care.


Systematic reviews 



The Cochrane Library


The Cochrane Library The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It includes reliable evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more. Cochrane reviews are recognised as the gold standard in evidence-based health care.


Primary research





PubMed PubMed is the freely available way to search the MEDLINE database. MEDLINE is one of the key biomedical databases for literature searching and covers medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system and the preclinical sciences.



NHS Athens or UCL login required


Clinical search tool/synopsis of evidence   

UpToDate UpToDate UpToDate is an evidence-based, clinical decision support tool designed to answer your clinical questions, increase your clinical knowledge and improve patient care. It includes over 9500 topics from over 20 medical specialties.


Clinical Evidence


Clinical Evidence Clinical Evidence is produced by the BMJ. It contains summaries of the current state of knowledge about the prevention and treatment of a variety of clinical conditions.


E learning (NHS only) This specialised anatomy resource is accompanied by 3-D animations that demonstrate function, biomechanics and surgical procedures.


BMJ Learning


BMJ Learning This resource comprises over 440 learning modules, including interactive case histories, just in time modules, reflective modules, and multimedia modules. It includes both clinical and non-clinical content.

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