EPPI-Centre is part of the Institute of Education at University College London. They are "committed to informing policy and professional practice with sound evidence" via:
- work around the methodology and production of evidence synthesis, including systematic reviews.
- studying the use of research evidence in personal, practice and political decision making and providing guidance and training in this area.
EPPI-Centre host three databases of primary and secondary research evidence, as well as providing a searchable catalogue of their own work.
DoPHER (Database of Promoting Health Effectiveness Reviews)
DoPHER is a database of systematic and non-systematic reviews of effectiveness in health promotion and public health.
It has world-wide coverage and is updated quarterly via inclusion of reviews identified during the course of production of EPPI-Centre reviews, targeted searches of other databases of reviews, and hand-searching the websites of relevant organisations involved in effectiveness reviews.
TRoPHI (Trials Register of Promoting Health Interventions)
TRoPHI is a database of randomised and non-randomised trials of interventions in the fields of health promotion and public health.
Again, it has world wide coverage, is regularly updated (quarterly), and content is discovered via the work of EPPI-Centre reviewers, searches of relevant databases, and all trials discovered via hand searching journals for the Cochrane Health Promotion and Public Health field.
Bibliomap is a database of all the health promotion literature identified during the production of EPPI-Centre reviews.
All studies are coded for specific characteristics of health focus, population group and study type.
Searching DoPHER, TRoPHI, and Bibliomap
- As these are relatively small databases, searches do not need to be very specific. Best results can be obtained by searching using a few key words from your search question.
- The search interfaces for both databases are similar and support simple freetext keyword/phrase searching.
- Additionally, TRoPHI has some additional indexing which supports Category searching. This allows you to build up a search strategy by selecting pre-set categories such as population, intervention, study design etc.
- Help on searching DoPHER, TRoPHI or Bibliomap
EPPI-Centres own publications can be viewed by topic or as a chronological list.