Systematic Reviews

A systematic review attempts to identify, appraise and synthesize all the empirical evidence that meets pre-specified eligibility criteria to answer a given research question.

An NHS OpenAthens username and password is required to access those databases marked with an asterisk(*).

Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is a set of databases of high quality evidence on the effects of healthcare interventions and treatments.  

OT Seeker

OT Seeker is a database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and other resources relevant to occupational therapy interventions.


PEDro is the Physiotherapy Evidence Database. PEDro is a free database of over 46,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.


PROSPERO is an international database of prospectively registered systematic reviews in health and social care.


The TRIP database is a free resource which aims to deliver the highest quality literature to support evidence based practice. The content includes systematic reviews.

If you need help using any of these resources please contact your local library.