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All Change! Evidence Searching using the Native Interfaces

Published Date: 20th April 2022


The HDAS (Healthcare Database Advanced Search) interface was discontinued from April 1st 2022. This means that evidence searches now have to be carried out using the Native Interfaces.


  • You can use OVID to search the following databases: Medline; Embase; Emcare; AMED; HMIC; and Social Policy and Practice.
  • EBSCOhost can be used to search the CINAHL; Medline; Biomedical Reference Collection; and Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection databases.
  • And ProQuest can be used to search PsychINFO; PsycArticles; British Nursing Index; and the Hospital Premium Collection.


To find out more about the databases and how to access the native interfaces please see the Database page on our website - www.knowledge-nw.nhs.uk/databases.

To help you with your searching we have created guides to searching OVID and EBSCOhost. These, and other training resources for the native interfaces (including video tutorials) are available on our website here www.knowledge-nw.nhs.uk/evidence-searching.

If you would like to learn more about how to search the native interfaces you can book an Assisted Search session with one of our Librarians. During this session we will help you carry out a search using the appropriate interface. The session will take about an hour and can be carried out in person or virtually via MS Teams.  To request an assisted search please go to www.knowledge-nw.nhs.uk/assisted-search

As before, we are still able to carry out searches on your behalf (as long as the search is not for marked coursework/assignments). To request a search, simply fill in our online form www.knowledge-nw.nhs.uk/request-an-evidence-search, giving us as much information as you can about the topic you would like us to search. We will carry out the search for you, using the relative databases and email the results within 10 working days.




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