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Reviews of effectiveness
Article Type: Reviews of effectiveness From: Clinical Governance: An International Journal, Volume 16, Issue 3
Summaries of abstracts from Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness (DARE).
Summaries from the DARE Database
The literature evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health care interventions is growing year on year, and these studies can be difficult and time consuming to identify and appraise. Systematic reviews can 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, can have methodological flaws and can be difficult to interpret.
Produced by the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York, DARE assists decision-makers by systematically identifying and describing systematic reviews, appraising their quality and highlighting their relative strengths and weaknesses.
The database provides access to over 15,000 systematic reviews of the effects of health interventions. DARE includes reviews of interventions that are clearly health related; interventions that have the potential to affect health; adverse effects; diagnostic interventions; and reviews of individual patient data.
DARE is currently updated every week.
Details of all systematic reviews in the process of being written are also included on DARE and can be “fast-tracked” on request. Priority is given to requests from the UK National Health Service.
DARE is also available as part of the Cochrane Library interface and can also be searched via NHS Evidence.