Evidence-based practice and other resources

A range of evidence-based resources are available. Some are accessible via your OpenAthens username and password (register for an account here)

BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice takes you quickly and accurately to the latest evidence-based information, whenever and wherever you need it. Available via Trust’s intranet home page or with your OpenAthens username and password.


Intelligent search engine and access to over 1100 books, 500 journals and other fulltext resources. Accessible via OpenAthens

Clinical Knowledge Summaries

Provided by NICE, CKS gives primary care practitioners a readily accessible summary of the current evidence base and practical guidance on best practice in respect of over 330 common and/or significant primary care presentations. More than 65 topics will be updated and up to 10 new topics will be added each year. NICE have commissioned a number of Powerpoint slides based on a range of existing CKS topics, to provide a brief snap-shot of the CKS topic, and to be used as an educational tool.

Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.

Discovery Search

Your one stop shop to all the national, regional and local e-resources the library has access to. Full text articles available via your OpenAthens username and password.

EBook Central

Dorset NHS Library and Knowledge Services has selected ProQuest Ebook Central as a key ebook provider. Please browse the ebooks we have selected with your OpenAthens username and password.

NICE Evidence

Provides access to authoritative clinical & non-clinical evidence and best practice through a web-based portal.

Royal Marsden Manual Online

Evidence-based clinical skills and procedures related to essential aspects of a patient’s care.
Click the link above and access via your OpenAthens username and password.


Make the best care decisions and stay abreast of contemporary standards in the workflow and on-the-go with UpToDate. Available from the Trust’s Intranet homepage