Databases of Reviews
Cochrane Systematic Reviews
From the Cochrane Collaboration, this online library is a collection of evidence-based medicine databases including Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Database of Abstracts of Reviews and Effectiveness (DARE). Although primarily clinical in focus, it includes many reviews of interest to public health. The review abstracts are available free of charge, but you must pay to read the full review.
Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
DARE contains summaries of systematic reviews which have met specific quality criteria. Included reviews are about the effects of interventions. Each summary also provides a critical commentary on the quality of the review. The database covers a broad range of health and social care topics and can be used for answering questions about the effects of interventions, as well as for developing guidelines and policy making.
The Guide to Community Preventive Services
The Community Guide provides systematic reviews and evidence-based recommendations for sixteen topic areas. Published as a book, individual chapters are available online.
Health-evidence.ca is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to promote collaboration between the research community and the decision-making and practice setting. It is a guide to published, reliable, up-to-date reviews evaluating the effectiveness of public health and health promotion interventions.
Public Health Excellence at NICE
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, United Kingdom, “produces guidance” in three areas, including public health. Organized by topic, region, and audience, information is available in the form of articles, evidence, policies, web links, and guidance.
Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre)
EPPI-Centre includes four separate databases for searching for evidence, systematic reviews, and clinical trials in the areas of education and health promotion.
The Campbell Collaboration prepares and disseminates systematic reviews of research on effective methods to promote social welfare, health, and social justice.