A number of databases are available to support evidence-based decision making, research, CPD and educational requirements. An NHS OpenAthens account will be required to access these core resources; some resources shown here will only be available to Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust employees.
Other resources include image banks, clinical question answering systems, skills and procedures databases.
Databases for Evidence Searches - Content Coverage
AMED: The Allied and Complementary Medicine Database (AMED) is a bibliographic database covering a selection of journals in complementary medicine, palliative care, and several professions allied to medicine. (Via OVID)
CINHAL: The CINAHL® database is a comprehensive and authoritative source of information for nurses, allied health professionals, and others interested in health care. CINAHL covers all aspects of nursing and allied health disciplines. CINAHL’s annually updated thesaurus is adapted from the US National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). There are over 4000 unique nursing and allied health subject headings. (Via EBSCO)
EMBASE: Embase (Excerpta Medica Database) is a biomedical and pharmacological database containing more than 30 million records including articles from more than 8,500 journals. It is especially strong in its coverage of drug and pharmaceutical research, pharmacology and toxicology. (via OVID)
EMCARE: EMCARE covers all nursing specialties and nursing healthcare professions. Includes international coverage of allied health, education and training, development and management, midwifery, health and healthcare economics, clinical medical and healthcare social work, psychiatry and mental health, and traumatology, emergency and critical-care medicine. (Via OVID)
MEDLINE: MEDLINE® is a bibliographic database produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The database contains millions of citations, derived from thousands of biomedical and life science journals extending back to 1946. Indexed with Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®) from the NLM controlled vocabulary. (Via OVID or EBSCO)
PsychInfo: This database is published by the American Psychological Associations and provides comprehensive indexing and abstracts of the international psychological literature from the 1800s to the present. Documents indexed include journals, articles, books, dissertations and more. 90% of the 3,000+ titles indexed in PsycINFO are peer-reviewed. (Via PROQUEST)
Databases for Evidence Searches - How to search them
Ovid: OVID allows you to search the following databases: AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine), Embase, Emcare and others.
- Basic Searching on the Ovid Platform (52min 4s)
- Advanced Searching on the Ovid Platform (1hr 3min 2s)
- AMED on Ovid (6min 5s)
- Introduction to Embase (25 min 4s
- Introduction to Medline (18min 11s)
- Introduction to Emcare (6min 53s)
- Introduction to HMIC (10min 35s)
- Getting HDAS searches into Ovid (5min 30s)
ProQuest: ProQuest will allow you to search the following databases: APA PsycArticles, APA PsychInfo, British Nursing Index and others.
Point of Care and Decision Support Tools
Up to Date – A very highly regarded clinical decision support system, comprising of topic reviews that are updated continually, bringing together best practice and latest research. Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust employees can access via direct link when working onsite, or by setting up an Up-To-Date account for off-site access and access to the app (pre-registration via the direct link above is required before the app and off-site access can be used).
Clinical Skills.net – Supports the delivery of evidence-based care. Produced in the UK and based on NHS practice:Regularly updated; Fully illustrated with clear step-by-step guidance; Packed with links to key guidance. Access onsite via direct link for Maidstone and Tunbridge NHS Trust employees on the Library Resources intranet page or NHS OpenAthens username will be required for off-site access.
Clinical Key – In addition to its 600+ journals and 1000+ books, Clinical Key contains some 17,000+ medical and surgical videos, 300+ procedure videos and articles. All content is searchable. NHS OpenAthens username will be required. Clinical Key app now available- download to your smartphone and access with an NHS OpenAthens account.
BMJ Best Practice – BMJ Best Practice takes you quickly and accurately to the latest evidence-based information, whenever and wherever you need it. NHS OpenAthens username will be required App available.
MedicinesComplete – MedicinesComplete, from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, is the definitive online resource for drug and healthcare information, bringing together the world’s leading resources to provide healthcare professionals with expert and unbiased knowledge to make the best clinical decisions on the use and administration of drugs and medicines.
MTW has a range of multi-disciplinary titles available as hard-copy in our libraries or via e-book platforms. If we do not have a title you need, we can usually obtain a copy via inter-library-loan and also welcome recommendations for stock. You can search via
- NHS Knowledge and Library Hub
- NHS Kent, Surrey & Sussex Libraries Book Catalogue (OPAC) (Download: KSS Library Catalogue – How to Guide)
- Clinical Key
We also have e-access to the following core titles:
Up-to-Date – 28,000 pictures, tables, illustrations, diagrams, graphs, algorithms and videos. Access onsite via direct link for Maidstone and Tunbridge NHS Trust employees or by setting up an Up-To-Date account for off-site access and access to the app (pre-registration via the direct link above is required before the app and off-site access can be used)
Clinical Key – 2,200,000 images from trusted books and journals. All content is searchable. NHS OpenAthens username will be required. Clinical Key app now available- download to your smartphone and access with an NHS OpenAthens account.
Anatomy TV – Primal Pictures 3D anatomy model, built using real scan data from the visible human project, has been carefully segmented to create an unparalleled level of detail and accuracy. All of the content within this program has been verified by qualified anatomists and by a team of external experts for each body area. NHS OpenAthens username will be required.
DermIS – A large visual atlas of dermatology images to aid diagnosis and differential diagnosis.
Revision and Study Support
The resources here are free at the point of access and designed to support you in study and exams.
For Medical Education: Medical Education and Exam Revision Resources (padlet.com)