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Healthcare databases for in-depth searching

·       Allied and Complimentary Medicine database (AMED)

Produced by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library, AMED is a specialised bibliographic database designed for physicians, therapists, medical researchers, historians, and clinicians looking to learn more about alternative and allied therapies and related subjects.

·       British Nursing Index (BNI)

BNI is a UK nursing, midwifery and community healthcare database covering UK journals and other English language titles including international nursing and midwifery journals as well as selective content from medical, allied health, and management titles.

·       Cochrane Library

Cochrane Library contains different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.

·       Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL)

CINAHL indexes nursing and allied health literature available including nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses Association. The database is particularly useful for nurses, allied health professionals, researchers, nurse educators and students.

·       Embase

Embase is a current and comprehensive pharmacological and biomedical database containing around 10 million documents from 1974 to date. Embase covers the whole world’s biomedical literature whilst concentrating in particular on European sources. The emphasis of the database is on the pharmacological effects of drugs and chemicals.

·       Emcare

Emcare is a nursing and allied health database designed for practice, research, or education. It includes access to nearly 5 million records dating back to 1995.

·       Health Managemant Information Consortium (HMIC)

HMIC brings together the bibliographic database of two UK health and social care management organizations: the Department of Health's Library and Information Services (DH-Data) and King’s Fund Information and Library Service. HMIC is an invaluable source of information for health care administrators and managers.

·       Medline

Medline is a bibliographic database of over 25 million records from over 5,000 journals, dating back to 1946. There is an emphasis on clinical medicine, dentistry, and biomedical research, but there is also coverage of nursing, chemistry and pharmacology, biological and physical sciences, microbiology, nutrition, health care delivery and social sciences.

·       PsycINFO

With over 3.5 million records dating back to 1887, PsycINFO covers the behavioural sciences and mental health, with references to papers, chapters, and dissertations, relevant to psychiatry, medicine, management, social science, neuroscience, law and social work.

·       Social Policy and Practice (SPP)

SPP is a bibliographic database for those working or studying in the health and social care sectors, bringing together information from AgeInfo (Centre for Policy on Ageing), National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Planex (IDOX Information Service), Social Care Online (Social Care Institute for Excellence) and ChildData (National Children’s Bureau). SPP contains over 400,000 bibliographic records and abstracts dating from 1981.