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NHS/NICE Evidence difficulty?

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If you are struggling to log into or find NHS Evidence try this link https://www.evidence.nhs.uk/ or this
one http://www.library.nhs.uk/login.aspx?postloginpage=/hdas

Hopefully normal access will resume as soon as possible.

 

NICE new name for NHS Evidence

NHS Evidence has been re-branded as NICE – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. The search box and image remain unchanged.

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New Evidence Updates from NICE

Evidence Updates on Hip Fracture and Diabetic foot problems have been published.nice_news

NICE Evidence Updates help to reduce the need for individuals, managers and commissioners to search for new evidence, and keep health and social care professionals up-to-date with new research. While Evidence Updates do not replace current accredited guidance and do not provide formal recommendations, they do highlight new evidence that health and social care professionals may wish to consider alongside current guidance.

The new Evidence Updates focus on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline 124 ‘The management of hip fracture in adults’ (2011) and a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline

119 ‘Inpatient management of diabetic foot problems’ (2011)

An Evidence Update Advisory Group, comprised of topic experts, reviewed the prioritised evidence and provided a commentary.

Caesarean Section Evidence Update published

We are pleased to inform you that ‘Caesarean section: Evidence Update March 2013’ has been published.

NICE Evidence Updates help to reduce the need for individuals, managers and commissioners to search for new evidence, and keep health and social care professionals up-to-date with new research. While Evidence Updates do not replace current accredited guidance and do not provide formal recommendations, they do highlight new evidence that health and social care professionals may wish to consider alongside current guidance.

The new Evidence Update focuses on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline 132 ‘Caesarean section’ (2011).

An Evidence Update Advisory Group, comprised of topic experts, reviewed the prioritised evidence and provided a commentary.

Eyes on Evidence: Weight management during pregnancy

Feet on ScalePregnancy is thought to be an ideal time for health professionals to discuss weight management because women are motivated to make changes that will benefit themselves and their baby.   Across Europe and the USA, up to 40% of women gain more than the recommended weight in pregnancy (Thangaratinam and Jolly 2010). Excessive weight gain during pregnancy is associated with a number of serious health problems, including hypertension, gestational diabetes, and pre-eclampsia.
 
Current advice: There are no evidence-based UK guidelines on recommended weight-gain ranges during pregnancy. NICE recommends that weight loss programmes should not be used during pregnancy as they may harm the health of the unborn child. However, health professionals are advised to dispel any myths about what and how much to eat during pregnancy. For example, there is no need to ‘eat for 2’ or to drink full-fat milk. Energy needs do not change in the first 6 months of pregnancy and increase only slightly in the last 3 months (and then only by around 200 calories per day).
 
NICE advises that women stay active during pregnancy. Moderate-intensity physical activity will not harm a pregnant woman or her unborn child. At least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity is recommended each day.

Autumn training options

The Staff Library offers training and support to staff and students through the following courses which are arranged at times and dates to suit individuals or small groups.  Our new course for the Autumn is An Introduction to Critical Appraisal Training.  However, if anyone requires assistance with creating a presentation, using the Internet safely, setting up an email or Athens account please contact us on 01625 66 3923.

Introduction to the Cochrane Library (1.5 hours)
This course aims to instruct staff in effective literature searching using the Cochrane Library and will cover keyword and MESH search, combining search terms, saving search histories and printing/saving results.

Introduction to NHS Evidence & Basic Literature Searching (2 hours)
This course is for staff who wish to learn the basics of literature searching using healthcare databases and will include a brief introduction to the NHS Evidence web portal. No previous experience necessary.

An Introduction to Critical Appraisal Training
We offer courses which examine critical appraisal of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or qualitative research. You will summarise the key features of the research type, identify tools to help appraise the research and carry out an appraisal of a relevant paper selected by the Library team. No previous experience is needed.

To book a place on any of the above courses or to discuss your requirements, please contact Library Staff on 01625 66 3923.

Autumn training options

The Staff Library offers training and support to staff and students through the following courses which are arranged at times and dates to suit individuals or small groups.  Our new course for the Autumn is An Introduction to Critical Appraisal Training.  However, if anyone requires assistance with creating a presentation, using the Internet safely, setting up an email or Athens account please contact us on 01625 66 3923.

Introduction to the Cochrane Library (1.5 hours)
This course aims to instruct staff in effective literature searching using the Cochrane Library and will cover keyword and MESH search, combining search terms, saving search histories and printing/saving results.

Introduction to NHS Evidence & Basic Literature Searching (2 hours)
This course is for staff who wish to learn the basics of literature searching using healthcare databases and will include a brief introduction to the NHS Evidence web portal. No previous experience necessary.

An Introduction to Critical Appraisal Training
We offer courses which examine critical appraisal of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or qualitative research. You will summarise the key features of the research type, identify tools to help appraise the research and carry out an appraisal of a relevant paper selected by the Library team. No previous experience is needed.

To book a place on any of the above courses or to discuss your requirements, please contact Library Staff on 01625 66 3923.

This month in Eyes on Evidence

Data from the National Joint Registry for England and Wales indicates high failure rates for metal-on-metal hip replacements.
A Cochrane review shows cognitive stimulation therapies have beneficial effects on memory and thinking in people with dementia, as well as positive effects for wellbeing.
Developing more integrated support for people with mental and physical health problems could improve outcomes, by recognising the role of emotional and mental health problems in reducing people’s ability and motivation to manage their physical health.

Do renin-angiotensin system drugs reduce mortality in hypertension?

This systematic review provides good quality clinical evidence that  angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors reduce the risk of death in patients with hypertension. The benefits of angiotensin receptor blockers in reducing mortality are uncertain.
Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) are no better than placebo or angiotensin-converting enzyme  inhibitors in reducing the risk of death, disability, or hospital admission for any reason. However, more patients stopped treatment early with ARBs than with placebo due to side effects.
An example from the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention collection on how the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust has reduced delays, complications and costs around central venous access for patients.
Potential disinvestment opportunities highlighted this month are:
  • Biofeedback training for the management of faecal incontinence in children.
  • Non-pharmacological interventions for breathlessness.

Evidence Updates

This month NICE has published online via NHS Evidence an Evidence Update on constipation in children and young people.
How to get access, via NHS Athens on Apple and Android devices, to authoritative and practical information on the selection and clinical use of medicines from the British National Formulary.

NHS Evidence Updates – Cardiovascular

Cardiovascular

via Evidence Updates – NHS Evidence – Search Engine for Evidence in Health and Social Care.

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.

NHS Evidence NEW look HDAS from 31 May 2012

From tomorrow searching the databases at NHS Evidence will look a lot more colourful and hopefully be easier to navigate and use.

If you need any help finding your way around, contact us on 01625 661362 and we’ll be pleased 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.

NHS Evidence – apologies

When searching for articles on NHS Evidence, you may have noticed slow response times. This is a temporary fault and should be rectified shortly. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Overview of NHS Evidence

This 2 minute video demonstrates some of the features of  “NHS Evidence – relevant reliable, trusted information – all in one place.” 

Watch it and you just might discover something that you weren’t aware of!  Click on the image above to take the 2 minute tour.

If you are a medical student and want to know what NHS Evidence can do for you try this video link by clicking on this image:


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