An introduction to searching healthcare databases for evidence and how to evaluate your findings for research purposes. This session will equip you to use the Discovery Library Service (that you can access via the online learning resources or via the intranet)- and to find and critique papers suitable for any Evidence based Practice style further education module or for own personal research purposes.

Suitable for anyone of any grade interested in or currently undertaking a further education course or simply for own research purposes.

Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

Learning outcomes:
  • Awareness of availability of Discovery Library physical and on-line service and resources.
  • Ability to search for and identify papers relevant to personal needs.
  • Ability to evaluate the evidence with an understanding of the basic statistical concepts.

Hands on supervised database searching and exploration of available literature, electronic books and other resources. Laptops provided. Discussion of basic concepts of medical statistics and structured critique of evidence using some of the online tools.

Programme of event:

0900-1115 How to search the NHS and other databases for evidence.

1115-1145 An introduction to medical statistics.

1145-1230 How to analyse a paper and on-line aids to evaluation.

Date Time Location
Fri 1st March 2024 09:00 – 12:30 St Leonards
Mon 4th March 2024 09:00 – 12:30 Weymouth Ambulance Station



  • Weymouth Ambulance Station (upstairs classroom), Unit 1A, Souter Way, Mount Pleasant Business Park, Dorchester Rd, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 5BJ.
  • St Leonards Training College, 241 Ringwood Road, St Leonards, Ringwood, Dorset, BH24 2RR.


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