Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource
Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)

The Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE) contains details of systematic reviews that evaluate the effects of healthcare interventions and the delivery and organisation of health services. DARE also contains reviews of the wider determinants of health such as housing, transport, and social care where these impact directly on health, or have the potential to impact on health.

Reviews are quality assessed for inclusion making DARE a key resource for busy decision-makers in both healthcare policy and practice. DARE complements the CDSR by identifying and including systematic reviews that have not been carried out by The Cochrane Collaboration.

A critical commentary on the reliability of the evidence is provided for reviews of key relevance to the UK NHS. The records for these reviews contain a summary of the review and a critical commentary about the overall quality and reliability of the findings. For bibliographic records where a commentary has not yet been prepared, users can submit a request via the CRD website: priority is given to UK NHS, public health, and social care services. The commentaries are written and independently checked by researchers with in-depth knowledge and experience of systematic review methods.

DARE contains details of all Cochrane Reviews, Protocols for Cochrane Reviews, and other publications based on Cochrane Reviews. Details of Campbell Reviews (prepared by The Campbell Collaboration) are included where the interventions evaluated impact directly on health or have the potential to impact on health.

DARE was produced by the NIHR  Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) at the University of York, UK. NIHR funding to produce DARE ceased at the end of March 2015. However, the database can still be accessed via the Cochrane Library. Searches of MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, PsycINFO and PubMed were continued until the end of the 2014. Bibliographic records were published on DARE and NHS EED until 31 March 2015 and included in Issue 4, 2015 on the Cochrane Library. This database is also available from the CRD database website.

Section info
Describe change
This section updated to include the current status of DARE.
Change date
9 June 2015