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Table 3 Websites excluded because they are not intended for patients and the publica

From: Who can you trust? A review of free online sources of “trustworthy” information about treatment effects for patients and the public

Website Statements about how the information is prepared
“world’s largest systematic review database, curated and annotated by our network of collaborators.” “Articles are connected, so you can easily move from any article to all the evidence answering the same question.” “multilingual foolproof search tools”
Epistemonikos is aimed to health professionals, researchers and health decision-makers. It is not intended for the general public, even though it has been used by well-informed lay people and journalists successfully.”
Evidence search, NICE National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
“Evidence search provides access to selected and authoritative evidence in health, social care and public health.”
“Sources include: British National Formulary, Clinical Knowledge Summaries, SIGN, the Cochrane Library and Royal Colleges, Social Care Online and GOV.UK.”
Has filters for “Systematic Reviews” and for “Information for the Public”, but it is not possible to filter or search for information for the public that is based on systematic reviews.
“PubMed comprises more than 27 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.”
The Cochrane Library
“The Cochrane Library (ISSN 1465–1858) is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making”: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Cochrane Methodology Register, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects, Health Technology Assessment Database, NHS Economic Evaluation Database.
Trip (Turning Research Into Practice)
“Trip medical database, a smart, fast tool to find high quality clinical research evidence.” “Millions of articles items indexed & uniquely ranked”
"Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care.
Trip has been online since 1997 and in that time has developed into the internet’s premier source of evidence-based content. Our motto is ‘Find evidence fast’ and this is something we aim to deliver for every single search.
As well as research evidence we also allow clinicians to search across other content types including images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses and news."
“Our most recent survey indicated that approximately 70% of our users were clinicians and 30% were non-clinical e.g. information specialists, patients or carers. Of the 70% of clinician users about 50% were doctors with an even split between primary and secondary care.”
  1. aThese websites were excluded because they are not primarily intended for patients and the general public. However, some patients and members of the general public use these databases