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Research and innovation resources

Find out more about research methods through a wide variety of internet resources.  

Trial registries

  • File 204897Clinicaltrials.gov is a global database of clinical studies: https://clinicaltrials.gov/
  • The UK clinical trials gateway (part of NIHR) facilitates participants' choice in clinical trials as well as liaison with researchers: www.ukctg.nihr.ac.uk/
  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) Trial registry platform has as its mission to ensure that 'a complete view of research is accessible to all those involved in health care decision making': www.who.int/ictrp/en/

Critical appraisal of research studies

  • The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme has developed workshops and tools for critical appraisal covering a wide range of research: www.casp-uk.net
  • Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions provides guidance to authors on preparing reviews: handbook.cochrane.org
  • Centre for Evidence Based Medicine: www.cebm.net

Systematic reviews

  • Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions provides guidance to authors on preparing reviews: handbook.cochrane.org
  • Cochrane Evidence for Everyday Health is an evidence blog for the allied health professions: uk.cochrane.org

Guidelines

  • The National (Clinical) Guideline Centre produces evidence based clinical practice guidelines on behalf of NICE (below): www.ngc.ac.uk
  • Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN): www.sign.ac.uk

Research communication

  • Cochrane Evidence for Everyday Health is an evidence blog for the allied health professions: uk.cochrane.org
  • Elsevier publishing campus has resources to support researchers with book and journal article publication: www.publishingcampus.elsevier.com
  • File 204904The EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the reliability and value of published health research literature: www.equator-network.org/
  • The Researcher Magazine (produced by Health Education England) is a digital publication 'made by health researchers for health researchers': hee.nhs.uk
  • The Australian Primary Health Care Research & Information Service has a useful introduction to research dissemination on its website: www.phcris.org.au
  • The Science Media Centre is an independent press office that scrutinises the science behind news headlines as well as offering support: www.sciencemediacentre.org

Regional and national research networks and organisations

  • The Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN) website has general information about healthcare improvement and innovation: www.ahsnnetwork.com
  • The Association of UK University Hospitals (AUKUH) has as its goal 'transforming healthcare through clinical academic roles in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions': aukuh.org.uk
  • The Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR) gives a collective research voice to all allied health professions: cahpr.csp.org.uk/
  • Clinical Research Networks have been established in each of the four UK nations and sit within the UK Clinical Research Network (UKCRN): www.ukcrc.org
  • The CSP Professional Networks are autonomous, member-led groups that specialise in different clinical and occupational areas: www.csp.org.uk/professional-networks
  • The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has as its goal to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research: www.nihr.ac.uk

Research governance

  • The Declaration of Helsinki, developed by the World Medical Association, is 'a statement of ethical principles for medical research involving human subjects': www.wma.net
  • The 2014 Research Excellence Framework(REF) is now being evaluated to prepare for the development of the next one: www.hefce.ac.uk

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