A mapping review of the literature on UK-focused health and social care databases compiled by the Information Specialist team at ESMI has recently been chosen by the Editor of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) quarterly newsletter as their ‘pick’ of the current literature. The key findings of the review were:

• UK health and social care databases are often overlooked in systematic reviews because little is known about what they contain

• Researchers should be aware of UK health and social care databases and the unique content they offer  

• UK health and social care databases hold content which is not indexed in larger databases, such as Medline and Embase

For full details please see Cooper, C., Rogers, M., Bethel, A., Briscoe, S. & Lowe, J. (2015) A mapping review of the literature on UK-focused health and social care databases. Health Information & Libraries Journal 32: 5–22 DOI: 10.1111/hir.12083

For more information please see the latest CILIP newsletter.