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Disclaimer This evidence briefing presents independent research that has not been funded by an external body. The draft briefing has been produced The content of this briefing was judged to be up to date as of June 2014. The views expressed in this draft are those of the authors alone and should not be interpreted as representing the collective views of CRD(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the evidence on the impact of enhanced recovery programmes for patients undergoing elective surgery in acute hospital settings in the UK. DESIGN Rapid evidence synthesis. Eight databases were searched from 1990 to March 2013 without language restrictions. Relevant reports and guidelines, websites and reference lists of retrieved(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify and critically assess the extent to which systematic reviews of enhanced recovery programmes for patients undergoing colorectal surgery differ in their methodology and reported estimates of effect. DESIGN Review of published systematic reviews. We searched the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, the Database of Abstracts of(More)
BACKGROUND Addressing deficiencies in the dissemination and transfer of research-based knowledge into routine clinical practice is high on the policy agenda both in the UK and internationally.However, there is lack of clarity between funding agencies as to what represents dissemination. Moreover, the expectations and guidance provided to researchers vary(More)
BACKGROUND Direct to consumer advertising is increasingly used by the pharmaceutical industry, but its benefits and harms have yet to be summarised in a comprehensive and rigorous manner. METHODS A systematic review was conducted of robust evaluations of the impact (positive and negative) of direct to consumer advertising. A broad range of databases and(More)
AIMS To assess the awareness and use of NHSnet within general practice. To investigate the presence of skills necessary to maximize the benefits of NHSnet connections. METHODS Postal survey of general practice staff in the Northern and Yorkshire Region. RESULTS At least one completed questionnaire was obtained from 65% of the general practices surveyed,(More)
AIM To identify and describe current methods of making health related research evidence accessible to general practice staff in the Northern and Yorkshire Region. METHOD A postal survey questionnaire of general practice staff in the Northern and Yorkshire Region. RESULTS At least one completed questionnaire was obtained from 70% of the general practices(More)
BACKGROUND Efforts to increase access to life-saving treatment, including antiretroviral therapy (ART), for people living with HIV/AIDS in resource-limited settings has been the growing focus of international efforts. One of the greatest challenges to scaling up will be the limited supply of adequately trained human resources for health, including doctors,(More)