Information about, and searching HDAS

Opening Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) interface: To open the initial page, click here (unless you’re already logged into Athens, only the Pubmed database will…

Opening Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) interface:

  1. To open the initial page, click here (unless you’re already logged into Athens, only the Pubmed database will be available)
  2. Click on the “Log into OpenAthens” tab on the top right of the page
  3. Enter your Athens log in (no account? No worries – just click here to set one up in a couple of minutes)
  4. All 9 databases should now be visible

Each is a collection of articles focusing on a specific theme:

MEDLINE: a very large general medical database

AMED: allied health and complementary healthcare
BNI: nursing & midwifery
CINAHL: nursing and allied health professions
EMBASE: general medicine with a particular focus on drugs
EMCARE: nursing and allied health professions
HMIC: health management and services, social care, service development
PsycINFO: psychology and allied fields
PubMed: general medical articles – very similar to Medline

Using the interface:

HDAS can be a little complicated to search until you know how it works – it’s not like using google as it’s a different sort of engine – but there’s help available to get you on your way:

You may find these guides useful:

  1. Short e-learning modules to help understand Evidence Searching and how to use HDAS – link to them here
  2. Brief written instructions, click here
  3. Full user guide (38 pages!) – click here
  4. Prefer to watch someone using the database & describing what they’re doing so you can copy? Click here

Prefer a real person?

If you’d like to arrange a training session on any of these resources please contact sarah.gardner11@nhs.net or dave.ashbey@nhs.net

Allow up to 2 hours, and you can come to us, or we can come to you – whichever site you’re based at.

Back to Resources page – click here


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