Databases
Databases

The EPPI-Centre provides and is involved in supporting a number of databases containing primary research studies and evidence reviews, many of which have been used in EPPI-Centre systematic reviews. The databases give access to full references for primary data studies on which our research synthesis is based along with a basic description of study characteristics. Results of individual studies should be considered in light of study quality. Information on and links to each of these databases is provided below. The database of EPPI-Centre systematic reviews can be searched in the evidence library.

Active databases

Database of Promoting Health Effectiveness Reviews (DoPHER)

DoPHER is a specialised register of health promotion reviews.  It currently contains over 3,800 reviews, identified in the following ways: 

  • as a result of conducting systematic reviews within the EPPI-Centre.
  • searches of several external sources are carried out to locate reviews.

DoPHER is updated quarterly to keep it as current as possible. 

Trials Register of Promoting Health Interventions (TRoPHI)

TRoPHI is a web-based database of randomised controlled trials and controlled trials (non-randomised) of Public Health and Health Promotion interventions. It currently contains over 7,750 trials, identified in the following ways: 

  • as a result of conducting systematic reviews within the EPPI-Centre. 
  • as a result of quarterly sensitive searches from August 2004. 
  • as the official register of the former Cochrane Health Promotion and Public Health field, it has been updated with studies forwarded by members of the field.

Bibliomap

BiblioMap, the EPPI-Centre database of health promotion research, was compiled over a number of years as a result of searching and coding research for inclusion in systematic reviews. It contains approximately 14,400 records, mostly dated before 2011. It is updated each time a systematic review is completed within the EPPI-Centre's Health Promotion and Public Health Reviews Facility.

 

Databases not currently updated 

Schemes to promote healthy weight among obese and overweight children in England 

The government has identified obesity as a priority, and there is considerable policy interest in the UK and internationally in tackling the problem of overweight and obesity in children and young people. However, assembling a picture of activity in this area has been problematic. This searchable database contains details of those schemes in England for which we were able to obtain data. There is also a report that is available online. In order to be included in the database, schemes needed a primary focus on tackling overweight or obesity in school-age children (4-18 years) who were already overweight or obese, through dietary, exercise or other means.

The database on obesity and sedentary behaviour studies

The database on obesity and sedentary behaviour studies is unique in its focussed coverage of studies that aim to explore the relationship between obesity and sedentary behaviour. This register currently contains details of 326 studies from the world over that utilize a variety of designs to explore the association between obesity with sedentary behaviour. The searches were completed in 2009.

Database of Personal Development Planning (PDP) evaluation

The database of PDP evaluation studies contains reports of the implementation of Personal Development Planning initiatives in UK higher education institutions.

Database of Education Research

The database of references in the field of education is being developed by the EPPI-Centre and Review Groups as a result of searching and coding research for systematic reviews. The aim of this database is to include all the keyworded references in all the systematic reviews; this enables searching for studies by their keyworded characteristics. References for all completed and ongoing systematic reviews are included in the database, which currently contains over 1,200 records. This was last updated in 2007.

Current Educational Research in the United Kingdom (CERUK)

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), the DSCF (Department for Children, Schools and Families) and the EPPI-Centre sponsor the database of Current Educational Research in the United Kingdom (CERUK). This seeks to include all recently completed and ongoing research on education and children's services in the United Kingdom, from large sponsored programmes to individual projects. 

The CASE database on the drivers, impact and value of engagement in culture and sport

The CASE database of empirical research marshals in one place studies that examine the drivers, impact and value of engagement in culture and sport. The database was developed as part of the CASE research programme, led by the English Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It was last updated in 2012.

  
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