Database of promoting health effectiveness reviews (DoPHER)

About this database

DoPHER is unique in its focussed coverage of systematic and non-systematic reviews of effectiveness in health promotion and public health worldwide.

This register currently contains details of over 2,500 reviews of health promotion and public health effectiveness.

All reviews are assessed and coded for specific characteristics of health focus, population group and quality.  They have been systematically keyworded with:
  • generic keywords (e.g. health focus and population group),
  • keywords concerning review quality (aims, search, inclusion criteria, quality assessment methods, data extraction methods and analysis methods).
Using DoPHER
  • Searches can be carried out using keyword and free-text terms.
  • Reports enable visual mapping and analysis of the search results.
  • Help provides advice on using this database.
Recording your findings

To record results of your searches, you can print out your searches or reports, or cut and paste the table into word processing software. Landscape format provides the best results.

How are the reviews identified?
  • As a result of searches to identify studies for systematic reviews within the EPPI-Centre;
  • Through searches of specialist databases of reviews; and
  • Through hand searching the websites of national and international organisations who carry out effectiveness reviews.
How current is the register?

Since January 2006 DoPHER is updated quarterly to keep it as current as possible.

User consultation on the EPPI-Centre Health Promotion and Public Health Research Registers

We welcome any feedback on the utility and usability of DoPHER. Please send any comments to

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(Landscape mode works best if you are printing wide search results or report tables.)

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This database is hosted by the EPPI-Centre which is part of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, London.