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 almost 10,000 reviews of health promotion and public health effectiveness.

A new version of DoPHER is planned with a revised interface and additional content.

Using DoPHER

Searches can be carried out using free-text terms.

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.)

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