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Find Information on the Internet eTutorial
For more help on finding health-related information on the Internet try our etutorial.
Health Information Resources
Here you can get access to:
NICE Resources -- guidelines, pathways, summaries & updates
Guidelines, reports and reviews published by accredited sources. This acts as a very good search engine, identifying material from a number of verified resources.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, publishes: Clinical Guidelines -- Technology appraisals -- Public health guidance -- Diagnostics guidance -- Interventional procedures guidance -- Medical technologies guidance -- Cancer service guidance -- Quality standards
Visual pathway representation of a range of NICE material based around particular conditions and diseases.
Evidence-based best practice recommendations for primary care practitioners based on a range of conditions and diseases.
Help on getting medicines information via the Evidence Search search engine.
Current awareness service for medicine information, delivered via email.
Collection of resources including case studies and a range of tools to help you to deliver your services.
Publications highlighting the latest published research on particular subjects.
Regular bulletin drawing attention to the latest public health research added to Evidence Search.
NHS Athens Tools -- databases, journals & ebooks
Journal articles, research and reviews from the major healthcare-related databases AMED, BNI, Cinahl, Embase, Health Business Elite, HMIC, Medline and Psychinfo.
Try our Using HDAS etutorial for a demonstration of how to use the NHS databases.
A to Z list of all journal titles available to NHS staff in North Staffordshire.
Try our Find an NHS eJournal for more help.
NHS Core Content ebook collection.
Update your account, transfer to another NHS organisation, view a list of resources and publishers accessible via NHS Athens.
Alternative Logins - when HDAS isn't working
Here are an alternative list of databases you can try when the HDAS databases interface is not working. Please note that we may have full-text access to some journals that are not available in all the databases - you should check our Journals A-Z list for a list of full-text journals holdings.
Ebsco Databases - you can search >1 database at a time, search each database individually for maximum functionality
CINAHL (ebsco) - for nursing and allied health topics, includes full-text to some articles
Login using your NHS Athens username/password, click the Research Databases option, select the Cinahl database
Health Business Elite (ebsco) - for healthcare management and administration topics, includes full-text to some articles
Login using your NHS Athens username/password, click the Research Databases option, select the Health Business Elite database
Medline (ebsco)- for medical and general healthcare topics, includes full-text to some articles
Login using your NHS Athens username/password, click the Research Databases option, select the Medline with full-text database
Ovid Databases - you can search >1 database at a time, search each database individually for maximum functionality
AMED (OvidSP) - for alternative and complementary medicine, includes full-text to some articles
Login using your NHS Athens username/password, click the AMED option, click the Select Resources button
Embase (OvidSP) - for pharmacology, therapeutics and biomedical technology, includes full-text to some articles
Login using your NHS Athens username/password, click the Embase option, click the Select Resources button
HMIC (OvidSP) - Health Management Information Consortium, UK-focused health management databases, includes full-text to some articles
Login using your NHS Athens username/password, click the HMIC option, click the Select Resources button
PsychInfo (OvidSP) - for topics related to mental health, includes full-text to some articles
Login using your NHS Athens username/password, click the PsychInfo option, click the Select Resources button
No Login Required
Pubmed - for wide range of medical-related topics, will include links to open access content
Having problems accessing our eresources? Please complete our Technical Support form to let us know.
Getting an Athens Account
For more help with registering for an Athens account you can check:
- NHS Athens support page
- NHS Athens Registration eTutorial
- NHS Athens online pdf guide
- Road Map to Athens training course - for UHNS staff members only
- For more help setting up an NHS Athens account contact the e-Resources librarian, the Health Library training team or the Outreach Librarians
Having problems accessing our eresources? Please complete our Technical Support form to let us know.BMJ Case Reports - for UHNS Athens BNF & BNFc (NHS Athens) Dynamed - for UHNS Athens Medicines Complete Oxford Handbooks Online
Reviews - systematic reviews, guidelines, pathways
Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (freely available)
Systematic reviews of health and social care research; databases which can be searched include DARE, NHS EED and HTA.
Cochrane Library (freely available)
Database of systematic reviews.
More help using Cochrane Library
Map of Medicine (Basic functionality is freely available. Local functionality available via NHS Athens login)?
Searchable database of care pathways.
SIGN (freely available)
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network publishing guidelines.
Trip Database (freely available)
Search tool to identify high quality healthcare evidence.
NHS Choices: Behind the Headlines (freely available)
Critically reviews research published as news items in the mainstream press.
Reports - reports, policy and analysis
Care Quality Commission (freely available)
Independent regulator of health and social care in England
Department of Health (freely available)
Policies, frameworks, regulations, bulletins, statistics.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation (freely available)
Charity publishing research into a range of social and health-related issues affecting people in the UK.
King's Fund (freely available)
Independent charity working to improve the health system in England. Includes research and reports.
Nuffield Trust (freely available)
Independent research and analysis for improving healthcare in the UK.
Social Care Resources
Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) (freely available)
Range of resources for carers and social workers.
Database of literature relating to social care and social work, including journal articles, reports and reviews. This is free to search, however further login details may be required to access some of the full-text.