Finding and synthesizing evidence, whether it is for Policy Briefs or Rapid Response Syntheses, is at the very core of the work that the Swiss Learning Health System (SLHS) is doing. Good starting points to look for relevant evidence are filtered resources that summarize and appraise evidence from different studies; these can include systematic reviews, evidence-based guidelines or critical appraised topics.
Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy, and are internationally recognized as the highest standard in evidence-based health care resources. They investigate the effects of interventions for prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. They also assess the accuracy of a diagnostic test for a given condition in a specific patient group and setting. Cochrane Reviews are peer reviewed and dynamic; they are adapted regularly to incorporate new research. In Switzerland, Cochrane reviews are freely available.
Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care. As well as research evidence TRIP also allows clinicians to search across other content types including images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses and news.
The Canadian-based McMaster Health Forum provides research evidence about pressing issues in three main ways:
- evidence products, which are prepared in response to requests from health system leaders;
- sources of pre-appraised, synthesized research evidence about how to strengthen health systems (Health Systems Evidence) and social systems (Social Systems Evidence); and
- source of high-quality information about optimal aging for older adults, caregivers and professionals (McMaster Optimal Aging Portal).