What’s New in NHS Evidence

HDAS redesign – see what’s new

The redesigned NHS Evidence Healthcare Databases search is now live. The redesigned site is the result of feedback from ongoing engagement with HDAS users and addresses a number of priorities identified. This feedback will also continue to inform future developments of HDAS.

Faster, more reliable performance

Issues were identified that were causing failures in HDAS and slowing down performance.  The new HDAS will deliver a faster, more reliable service.

Clearer design and style

Research suggested unnecessary changes to HDAS should be avoided and build on the familiarity users have developed with it. The current design means many users were unaware of some of the functionality available to them so the new design builds on the existing layout and makes it easier to use including;

  • Extra navigation options to make it easier to move around the system
  • The need for scrolling within a screen is minimised
  • A clear separation of the map to thesaurus and browse thesaurus options to minimise confusion
  • Search history can be collapsed or expanded to allow users to choose the most suitable display of search results
  • ‘User Help’ will be relevant to the tasks and functions being used.
  • Guides to the coverage and search features of the different databases are available when users are selecting the database they want to use.
  • Details of all the fields available for searching in a database are just one click away from the search screen.
  • Any issues with database availability are flagged on the database selection screen

Context sensitive help and advice

Improved thesaurus layout and functions

The thesaurus screen has been redesigned it now features;

  • Clearer display of thesaurus hierarchies and selection options
  • Better navigation and interaction between thesaurus and search screens

Changing databases made easier

It is now quicker for users to change databases; there are more flexible options for running previous searches on the new database.

Applying limits

  • A link has been added to the search history display to help users apply limits to a search they have already performed
  • Scrolling is no longer necessary to view limits options

Search preview feature

The site now provides a running count of the number of results a search will retrieve as users adjust their search terms, fields and limits. This will help users to avoid errors and tailor their search to match their needs.

If you need any assistance in using the new layout, please contact us on:
01625 66 1362 – Carole or Steve will be please to help.

Countdown to NHS Evidence and new HDAS

The newly redesigned NHS Evidence Healthcare Databases search (HDAS) will be launched later this week.  Look out for more news about the improvements and differences from 31 May when it goes live.

Your existing NHS Athens usernames and passwords will enable you to access not just the regular databases (BNI, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE etc) and The Cochrane Library but ejournals and ebooks too.

*** If you do not yet have an Athens account then please follow this link and sign up today for free.  Make sure you quote your NHSnet email address for instant access. If you experience any difficulty please email Jan Read or contact the Staff Library on 01625 661362

New look coming to HDAS

From May 30th, the NHS Evidence Healthcare Database Service (HDAS) will have a new look.  

The new design addresses a number of priorities identified from user’s feedback.

Users can expect an improved more reliable performance which provides:

  • Extra navigation options
  • Collapsible/expandable search history
  • Context sensitive help and advice with task and function relevant HELP
  • Improved thesaurus and selection options
  • More flexible options for running previous searches
  • Applying limits to the search history display
  • Running count of the number of results a search will retrieve as searches are adjusted.

FREE 1HOUR online HDAS training for healthcare managers and administrators

Health Business Elite training on Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS)

EBSCO Publishing is offering free online training sessions to NHS England users through the HDAS interface on NHS Evidence. These sessions are open to anyone within NHS England.

Health Business™ Elite contains full-text content for nearly 600 journals such as H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks, Harvard Business Review, Health Facilities Management, Health Management Technology, Healthcare Financial Management, Marketing Health Services, Materials Management in Health Care, Modern Healthcare, and more.

This database provides comprehensive journal content detailing all aspects of health care administration and other non-clinical aspects of health care institution management. Topics covered include hospital management, hospital administration, marketing, human resources, computer technology, facilities management and insurance.

Session outline

By the end of the session you will have seen how to:

· Identify different search modes e.g. phrase searching, searching with AND, OR, NOT

· Utilise specific field codes to refine a search e.g. title, abstract, geography

· Use truncation to search for words with multiple endings e.g. hospital, hospitals, hospitalisation, hospitalization

· Combine searches to refine your search

· Apply limits to retrieve those pertinent to your search e.g. in a specific age group

· Manage your results including number of articles to display and sorting

· Link to the full text of the articles

This training will last up to 1 hour. There will be opportunity to ask questions throughout and at the end of the session. Your trainer for these sessions will be Richard Crookes [rcrookes@ebsco.com] previously a healthcare librarian in NHS England, now a Training Specialist for EBSCO in the UK and Ireland.

Session Dates and Booking information

You will need a PC with internet access to take part in the session and either a telephone or headphones to listen to the audio. HEADPHONES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE STAFF LIBRARY. The available sessions are listed below. Please click on the date of your choice and you will be directed to a self registration page.

Tuesday 17 January 2012 2.00pm

Wednesday 8 February 2012 10.30am

Thursday 8 March 2012 11.00am

You will be registered automatically. If you haven’t received your confirmation after 2 hours please check your junk / spam email folder.