Database Of Abstracts Of Reviews Of Effectiveness [Dare] – DataStar
This new database follows up DataStar’s launch of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews [CDSR] in September 2001 (see ‘Online Newsletter’ October 2001 p.9). Like CDSR, the new database focuses on the rapidly growing specialization of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). While the Cochrane database contains original review articles summarizing the available literature on a single subject, DARE takes the route of critiquing review articles published elsewhere and rating each one on its own merits. The two files complement each other. DARE is compiled by the U.K.’s National Health Service Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) at the University of York. The Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness scans the biomedical literature for articles relating to efficacy of treatments and, in the form of a structured abstract, rates that research. These structured abstracts may include such issues as: authors’ objectives, types of intervention, specifics of intervention, details of participants, sources used in the research, criteria for inclusion, form of evaluations included, number of studies included, countries covered by the review, results of the review, if cost information is included, criteria on which validity/quality is assessed, how different studies were compared, authors’ conclusions, CRD commentary on the value of the research, and implications of the review. Each DARE document has a full citation to enable users to find the original research article. The database is international in coverage. Additionally, MeSH (r) (Medical Subject Headings) from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) have been applied to each of the documents. Full DARE documents are priced at $1 each plus database connect-time.
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