Trip Database, the leading evidence-based search engine, just got even better


My blog today is a bit different. It’s announcing a new website rather than highlighting a specific piece of mental health evidence.

Coinciding with its 100 millionth search, the Trip Database has released its latest upgrade, easily the biggest change in Trip’s fifteen years.  Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users (mainly clinicians) to quickly and easily find the best available evidence. It’s a website that I use on a regular basis and when I’m searching for mental health evidence I find it’s the best place to start.

Covering all clinical specialities, Trip’s index includes records from hundreds of publishers all of whom have been quality graded.  Publishers include Cochrane, NICE, SIGN, Lancet, BMJ, Prodigy, Evidence-Based Mental Health and of course the Mental Elf!

The latest upgrade sees a completely new design, making it even easier to use the site and to find evidence-based content. An example search for depression and exercise finds a number of results, the top three, all published in 2012, being:

  1. Exercise for depression, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
  2. A pragmatic randomised controlled trial to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a physical activity intervention as a treatment for depression: the treating depression with physical activity (TREAD) trial, NIHR HTA programme
  3. The effect of exercise in clinically depressed adults: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials, DARE

This brief example gives a hint of the capability, but to fully appreciate the site, why not give it a try now? It’s free to use and can be found at

We would certainly recommend Trip as the most relevant and reliable clinical search engine available.


The Trip Database.

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Andre Tomlin

André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He's worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service; an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!

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