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Right evidence, better decisions

We are putting good research evidence at the heart of decision making in the NHS, public health and social care.

The NIHR Dissemination Centre identifies the most reliable, relevant and significant health research findings and summarises them in a range helpful formats for you to use.

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The best available evidence

We select the most significant, rigorous and useful findings from the most reliable sources.

Much of the research evidence we share comes from projects funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) – the research arm of the NHS. NIHR research is rigorously assessed to ensure it provides the maximum impact for patients and the public.

For NIHR Signals, we also sift through and critically appraise research papers published in 100 leading scientific journals. Find out more about how we produce Signals.

Formatted to suit your evidence needs

Whether you are looking for regular, easy to read summaries of the latest important findings or a comprehensive guide to key NIHR-funded research on a particular theme, the NIHR Dissemination Centre has something for you. View our latest Signals, Highlights and Themed Reviews to see what’s available.

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What does it mean for me?

Across all our work we tease out what the implications of the research are for current practice, policy and treatment. We look at how research fits with current guidelines and provide questions to prompt evidence-based discussions.

You decide what we share

Our readers help us to decide which research findings are worth sharing. A pool of over a thousand raters provide scores and comments on selected research abstracts. These are then used in our editorial meetings to decide which studies and reviews to summarise as NIHR Signals. Find out more about our raters.

Guided by service leaders, front-line staff, patients and researchers

Each of our Themed Reviews is produced under the guidance of a bespoke expert steering group. We bring together National Clinical Directors and other clinical leaders alongside frontline staff, researchers, patients and carers to fully understand their evidence needs. We also work closely with our Advisory Group who advise on the strategic direction of the centre.

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Search over 300 outputs… and counting

The Discover Portal provides decision makers with a searchable resource of everything we do. Browse by your role, one of nearly 40 health care categories or the journal the research was published in. Alternatively make use of a powerful keyword search to find the evidence you need and add interesting results to a shortlist.

We are adding new Signals every week, as well as new Highlights and Themed Reviews throughout the year, so please bookmark the site in your web browser.

A growing audience

Thousands of clinicians, commissioners and patients receive our monthly email bulletin and follow us @NIHR_DC on Twitter. But we need your help to spread the word. Take a look at our materials and resources to find out how.

'Research is of no use unless it gets to the people who need to use it'

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health

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