Enhancing the use of scientific evidence to judge the potential benefits and harms of medicines

The Academy of Medical Sciences, June 2017

This report highlights the significant difficulties patients and some healthcare professionals face in using evidence from research to judge the benefits and harms of medicines, and calls for concerted action to improve the information patients receive.The report calls for a range of actions including significant improvements to patient information leaflets, better use of medical appointments and a bigger role for NHS Choices as the ‘go to’ source of trusted information online for patients and carers, as well as healthcare professionals.

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Using Research Evidence: A Practice Guide

Nesta, February 2016

This guide explores evidence-informed decision-making, and why research is an essential element of it. Intended to help build your confidence in understanding and using research, and to think about how you might go on to evaluate your own work.

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Developing evidence-enriched practice in health and social care with older people

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 30 April 2015

An innovative project looking at how evidence can be used to enrich practice, based on research from the Jospeh Rorwntree Foundation’s A Better Life programme, has released its findings.

The project demonstrated the benefits of using research and related contextual evidence in developing services and workforces, resulting in improved wellbeing for older people, carers and staff.

Click here for further information and to download the report.

Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, Volume 26, Issue 3

Volume 26, issue 3 of The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology has been published.  Please click here to view the table of contents and access the articles.

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NICE Eyes on Evidence Bulletin – October 2014

NICE, October 2014

The October edition of Eyes on Evidence, the NICE evidence bulletin, has now been published.  It includes a report on a US randomised controlled trial to compare long-acting injectable paliperidone with haloperidol for maintenance treatment of schizophrenia in adults, and a study on day-patient treatment after short inpatient care versus continued inpatient care in young people with anorexia nervosa.

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New Evidence Update on Crohn’s disease from NICE

NICE, September 2014

NICE have published a new Evidence Update on Crohn’s disease.  The new Evidence Update focuses on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline 152 ‘Crohn’s disease: management in adults, children and young people’ (2012).

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.

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Evidence for success: the guide to getting evidence and using it

King’s Fund Blog, 4 September 2014

Knowledge Translation Network (KTN) – This guide offers easy to follow, step-by-step guidance and resources to support organisations to use evidence to influence policy and practice. It also provides guidance on the use of evidence to influence funding and commissioning decisions and highlights other key resources.

Click here to view the guidance.