The search function searches the title, blurb, metadata and the entire document. Search results are automatically ordered by relevance, you can also sort by publication date or alphabetically.

  • Search using keywords

  • Search for an exact phrase using quotation marks, useful when searching for disease sub-types e.g. “prostate cancer”

  • Use and/or to connect multiple keywords - searching 'breast and cancer' will retrieve documents containing both of those words, searching 'breast or cancer' will retrieve documents containing one or both of those words.

  • Search for variations of words using * to truncate e.g. obes* will retrieve documents containing the words obesity, obese etc

  • The search looks at the title, description, our metadata and the full text, the relevance ranking indicates how closely the document matches your search terms

  • If you do not get any results, try broadening your search

  • To perform a new search, simply delete the contents of the search box


Browsing and refining your search results


The filters on the left hand side can be used to browse content or to refine your search results.


  • Browse by topic - from broad categories such as cardiovascular to specific conditions such as ADHD. Selecting multiple topics will display reports listed under any of those categories

  • Browse by type of information - to focus on a particular type of report e.g. economic evaluation

  • Filters are combined using "or" so you retrieve reports listed in either one or both category to maximise retrieval

  • Refine your search results, e.g. search for leukaemia then refine by type of report to view just systematic reviews on that topic

  • To remove filters - click "clear all filters"


Viewing your results


  • You can order your results on the home page by relevance, publication date or alphabetically

  • You will need to log in or register to view documents


To change your account details e.g. change your contact email address, click on the welcome message in the top right-hand corner of the page.

The Evidence Portal is a new product, so keep an eye out for future developments. If you have any problems using the Portal, have any questions or feedback, please contact us: