Other Sources of Better-Quality Evidence



In addition to Cochrane Collaboration resources, other public agencies and organizations have ongoing programs and databases for clarifying and publicizing results of better-quality health research. This page lists the leading general sources and some with special relevance to maternal and newborn care (latter marked with *).

To find systematic reviews and meta-analyses and better-quality primary research on specific questions, see also guidance on searching for evidence

"Online source" indicates that the resource is available online without charge. Cost-free registration may be required for access to some items with this designation.


Clinical Evidence, BMJ Publishing Group. (By subscription)

CRD publications, UK Department of Health, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination.

* Current Resources for Evidence-Based Practice, Childbirth Connection, (on this website)

Database of Abstracts of Review of Effects (DARE), UK Department of Health, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination.

Effective Health Care Program and Evidence Reports, US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Evidence syntheses and systematic evidence reviews, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Database
, UK Department of Health, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination.

La Biblioteca Cochrane Plus, Update Software (Cochrane reviews available in Spanish).
(By subscription with free access to abstracts)

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
, UK Department of Health.

NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHS EED), UK Department of Health, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination.

NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme
, UK Department of Health.

* WHO Reproductive Health Library, World Health Organization.
(Free to residents of lower-income countries, by subscription elsewhere)


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