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Healthcare Databases

NICE Evidence gives all NHS and social care staff access to the major national and international healthcare databases. These index all the individual articles published in healthcare, medical and clinical journals worldwide. Click here to access the databases.

Guides to NICE Evidence, click here. You can also access FAQs here.

NICE Evidence Databases Video Tips: Useful tips on how to get the best results from a literature search of the databases.

A subject database helps you find what has been published on your topic by enabling you to search for keywords within an article or subject headings.

For guidance on how to construct a search and what database to use, please refer to the STEP e-learning modules on searching

The majority of databases DO NOT give full text access to all the journal articles, access to full text is normally dependent on library and NHS subscriptions. Select this guide to learn how to conduct a search using the healthcare databases.

They DO give you the following bibliographic information:

If you need to read an article that is not available as full text you can use our Request service to source a copy.

You will need to register for an NHS OpenAthens Password in order to access these databases.

Other web based databases such as TRIP, search engines specifically for health topics and specialized subject gateways are available here.

Databases available via NICE Evidence:

Database Subject Coverage
1985 to Present - Allied and Complementary Medicine is a unique database covering the fields of complementary or alternative medicine.

Allied health professions, complementary medicine

1992 to Present - British Nursing Index comprises over 250 of the most popular and important journal sources in the nursing and midwifery fields.

Nursing, midwifery, health visitors

1981 to Present - CINAHL covers all aspects of nursing and allied health disciplines.

Nursing & allied health

1980 to Present - EMBASE provides current and comprehensive information on drugs and pharmacology, and all other aspects of human medicine and related disciplines.

General medical with European focus, pharmacology

Premium nursing and allied health database ideal for practice, research, or education. Includes access to nearly 5 million records, more than any other nursing database.

Nursing & allied health

1979 to Present - The Health Management Information Consortium database is a compilation of data from two sources, the Department of Health's Library and Information Services and King’s Fund Information and Library Service.

Health service management and administration, with a focus on UK

1950 to Present - MEDLINE is a vast source of medical information, covering the whole field of medicine including dentistry, veterinary medicine and medical psychology.

General medical

1806 to Present - The PsycINFO database provides extensive international coverage of the literature on psychology and allied fields.

Psychiatry, psychology, social sciences