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Bandolier's Links

These links have been updated in May 2003 to reflect pages we use now, and to remove some we don't use and others that do not now work. Not all are about EBM, and we've added some management ones. We are happy to hear from our friends about links we have forgotten or overlooked.

Can we emphasise that the links come with no endorsement from Bandolier, nor any guarantee about their contents. We have neither the time nor inclination to check them on a regular basis, and we know that some visitors occasionally tell us that some of them should not be there at all.

National electronic Library for Health

One of the best things to come out of the NHS about health information. It works, it is useable, and should be a first-stop shop when we want to know something about policy in the UK. Too much is hidden behind passwords and that stupidity, but much is free.


The CONSORT statement is an important research tool that takes an evidence-based approach to improve the quality of reports of randomized trials. The statement is available in six languages and has been endorsed by prominent medical journals such as The Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Its critical value to researchers, health care providers, peer reviewers, and journal editors, and health policy makers is the guarantee of integrity in the reported results of research.

CONSORT comprises a checklist and flow diagram to help improve the quality of reports of randomized controlled trials. It offers a standard way for researchers to report trials. The checklist includes items, based on evidence, that need to be addressed in the report; the flow diagram provides readers with a clear picture of the progress of all participants in the trial, from the time they are randomized until the end of their involvement. The intent is to make the experimental process more clear, flawed or not, so that users of the data can more appropriately evaluate its validity for their purposes.

It will also help get you into QUOROM (systematic reviews and meta-analyses), MOOSE (meta-analysis of observational studies) and STARD (reporting studies of diagnostic accuracy). All highly important stuff.


This UK site is all about personal experience of health and illness. What patients say about their experiences can be seen written on screen, in audia, and in video formats. Right now there is much about cancer, but expect this site to expand greatly as topics like epilepsy and children with congenital heart disease come on line.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

This US site has masses of interest, including PDF reports on various stuff on evidence-based practice, plus other material of international interest.

Audit Commission

Quite a lot of health stuff here, and much is well done.

BioMed Central

On-line publication, with downloadable PDFs of paper copies. It's a great place to see systematic reviews, though not everything is of the highest quality. But it is available at a click.

Canadian Health Technology - CCOHTA

Good stuff available in French and English. PDF reports are there, but it asks you to search and you have to force it to let you browse. Important international implications for what it says. Again, you might not agree with everything it says, but it's mostly very close. Registration is a bit of bore.

Clinical Assessment of the Reliability of the Examination (CARE)

The most important site for clinical examination research. We think that this should be a real target for research monies, but no-one in government, charities, or industry can see that it is diagnosis that makes treatment better, and that the evidence base in diagnosis is painfully thin. It's a big cause of waste. That alone tells us how stupid big organisations are.

Continuing professional development at Oxford

This site offers a range of postgraduate and short courses in Evidence Based Health Care.

TRIP database

The best thing to come out of Wales since Oliver Cromwell's grandfather. Someone's done a lot of work to help you find the information you want.

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination The NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) is a facility commissioned by the NHS Research and Development Division to produce and disseminate reviews concerning the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of healthcare interventions. The aim is to identify and review the results of good quality health research and to disseminate actively the findings to key decision makers in the NHS and to consumers of health care services. In this way health care professionals and managers can ensure their practice reflects the best available research evidence. The reviews will cover: the effectiveness of care for particular conditions; the effectiveness of health technologies; evidence on efficient methods of organising and delivering particular types of health care. The CRD has made its public databases accessible over the internet and via dialup access. The first is a database of structured abstracts of good quality systematic reviews (DARE) which comment on the methodological features of published reviews and summarise the author's conclusions and any implications for health practice. The abstracts represent the end product of a detailed sifting and quality appraisal process. There is also an economic evaluations database (NEED). The telnet address is (the user ID and Password are both crduser).

The Cochrane Collaboration facilitates the creation, review, maintenance and dissemination of systematic overviews of the effects of health care. There are now many places where you can find information, but this one of the more user-friendly in New England.

Free medical

What it says. It tells you which journals are free online. Some of us in universities already have lots of free access, but these are free to all. Bandolier's view is that we sjhould ignore those that try to make us pay.

Health Technology Assessment

All their reviews in PDF formats. Brilliant because they get the reviews out, even if you may not agree with the contents of every review.

Health Development Agency

Bit of a new kid on the block, but a couple of excellent reports there already about how to get evidence into practice. With some careful nurturing, this could be a truly important source of information about how to make health services better.

Institute of Healthcare Improvement

This brilliant US site is devoted to improving healthcare. Its Impact programme is very similar to the bandolier ImpAct series, finding examples of where people do well, and explaining how they do it to other people who want to do better.

Merck Manual

We have the book, and it is amazing how much useful information that's in it that we can't find in textbooks. Great for patients and professionals, and entirely searchable.

National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE)

It can be a bit slow and clunky this site, but NICE is getting better at what it does, and some of the evidence it published is quite useful.

National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS)

This Australian site has some useful stuff, including a range of reviews and strategies in emergency care, heart failure, rural and remote care and pain.

Not sure about this yet, but it does have some interesting material about how information can be misinterpreted.

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)

Lots of well worked out guideines and their evidnece in downloadable PDF formats. Best thing out of Scotland since whisky.

Stephen Senn's Pharmaceutical Statistics Links

You'll find much to enjoy in this list of links.

SBU - Swedish Health Technology

Lots of useful reports on health technology, competently done, and available in PDF formats. You have to find the English button.

World Wide Wounds

Run from Bridgend, home of Wales' premier rugby union team, this will be of interest to man