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Article Type: Reviews of effectiveness From: Clinical Governance: An International Journal, Volume 13, Issue 3
Systematic reviews provide reliable information about what is known and not known about the effects of interventions. But just as with individual studies, systematic reviews can be hard to find, may have methodological flaws and can be difficult to interpret.
Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE) provides the solution by systematically identifying and quality assessing reviews from around the world. The database saves decision-makers time that might have been spent searching for research and enables them to make quick decisions about the quality of the available evidence.
For each included review, an abstract is written that describes the review, including the methods, results and conclusions, together with a critical commentary on the overall quality of the review.
DARE contains over 5,000 abstracts of systematic reviews that have been quality-assessed and critically appraised on a broad range of health and social care-related topics. The database also includes details of all Cochrane reviews and protocols.
The database is produced by the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York, and is publicly available free of charge via the web. The web interface is updated every month and contains details of abstracts in the process of being written. These can be “fast-tracked” on request.
The database can now be accessed at: www.crd.york.ac.uk