Evidence Search Service

Need an update on the latest evidence on a particular topic?

Looking to improve patient treatment and want to find out what works best?

Whatever you need, we can help with an evidence search.

How does it work?

Once we’ve received your request, we’ll get in touch if we need to clarify anything, then we’ll search the best online databases and specialist search portals to find the latest and most relevant information for you.

Usually, we’ll put together a report of the information we find and send it to you within 10 working days of receiving your request.

This timescale is negotiable, so let us know if you need the results urgently and why, to help us prioritise if we’re busy.

You can always come and see us in person to discuss what you need – the more information we get, the better – see Contact Us, below.

If you’d like to request a search, use the buttons below for the form you need and email to: dbth.dri.library@nhs.net or print off and return either Bassetlaw or DRI library.  (Please be aware that the online forms might not work on IOS devices)


Do you need to find evidence for a course you’re on?

If that’s the case, we can’t do the search for you, as most course supervisors wouldn’t be happy about us doing your work for you, BUT we can help you find what you need with a personalised, one to one, face to face (or online) training session that will help you get to grips with finding high quality evidence. To find out more, click here.

We can also help you learn to assess the quality of the evidence you find – find out about Critical Appraisal training by clicking here.

Need help understanding Referencing? We can help with that too – find out more here.

What sorts of things have we been looking for?

Some of our most recent search topics include:
– Haemophilus parainfluenzae – can it cause lung nodules?
– Single point of access to community healthcare
– Severe gastric distention with ischaemia  in Prader Willi syndrome
– Incidence of humerus fracture and displaced clavicle in normal vs difficult births
– Anteriolateral access to hip during surgery
– Cemented versus uncemented stems
– Molecular basis of pulmonary artery hypertension
– Molecular basis of Von Willebrand factor
– Do spreader grafts work?
– Evidence base for Tier 3 Weight Management Services
– Best practice in treating pyrexia in adults
– Ethical dilemmas around treatment of necrotising pancreatitis
– Assessment of paediatric pain
– Mental health act section 3 detainments applied by general hospitals and mental health trusts
– Evidence base to support bariatric surgery from a public health perspective
– Percentage of patients presenting with splenic haematoma in blunt abdominal trauma
– Migraine as initial presentation of MS
– Art therapy and learning disabilities

Contact Us

The main library email address is dbth.dri.library@nhs.net and they’ll forward your request on to whichever one of us is available at the time.

Or alternatively, you can contact Sarah directly –

Sarah Gardner
Clinical/Outreach Librarian
(based at Bassetlaw but can travel)
Tel: 01909 572950 or BAS ext.572950
E-mail: sarah.gardner11@nhs.net

Reports and Official Documents

Impact Report: You can read about the impact of our Evidence Search Service against the Trust objectives in our report below:
Lit Search Impact Infographic 2018-19

Service Standard: We will undertake a search on any subject you are researching or developing. Our service standard is to deliver the results to you within 10 working days, or by a mutually agreed date.
Literature Search Service Delivery Standard

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