Systematic reviews are useful tools for busy decision-makers because they identify, appraise and synthesise the available research evidence on a particular topic.
Many thousands of systematic reviews relevant to health care have been published. However, they can be difficult to locate and their quality is variable.
DARE (the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects) contains summaries of systematic reviews which have met strict quality criteria. Each summary also provides a critical commentary on the quality of the review.
DARE covers a broad range of health care related topics and can be used for answering questions about the effects of health care interventions, as well as for developing clinical guidelines and policy making.
DARE is available free of charge on the internet http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/crdweb/, and as part of the Cochrane Library.
Alternatively, DARE can be searched on your behalf by CRD information staff (tel: 01904 321846 or email email@example.com).