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SENSE: Support for Evidence and Searching

The Support for Evidence and Searching (SENSE) service can be accessed by all staff via (guide available here).  The progress of requests can be tracked via this website.

The service aims to support NHSGGC staff in all aspects of patient care, service development, professional decision making and with their research and CPD.   

Literature Search Service

This is our standard service; you place a request and a professional searcher will search the evidence base and send you back a list with links to full text articles if available.

Clinical Search and Synthesis

A rapid clinical question answering service - a clinical question regarding an individual patient is submitted, a search protocol is followed, the results are summarised and synthesised and the “answer” to the clinical question sent to the user, with references attached.  Deadlines between 12 hours and 5 days may be specified. 

Tailored Knowledge Support

An individually tailored service to support evidence based projects such as the development or renewal of clinical guidelines or systematic reviews. 

Tools and Measures Enquiry Service

A specialist enquiry service which investigates copyright permissions for diagnostic tools and outcome measures and publishes the information on the National Copyright Permissions Repository. Where possible the Library Network will seek to obtain permissions for tools to allow NHSGGC staff to continue using them. The Library Network does not arrange the purchasing of tools or licences. The search for the copyright holder can take up to 10 working days; timescales for any permissions check can vary. 

Literature Analysis

A systematic search of the literature, followed by a breakdown and summary of the topics and themes of each reference.  This service is available only for large-scale projects to support service development, guidelines and other Board projects.