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Ensure your users can easily find the sources of evidence you have used

Senior couple looking at tablet computerThe NHS Brand Guidelines suggest that a full list of references should be given wherever practical. Otherwise, full references should be available on request. The guidelines also propose that an archive of sources should be maintained for all information materials, with links or contact details being given with each product so that people know how to obtain further details of the sources used.

Why is this important?

...your information products make reference to where the list of sources can be found.

The Information Standard Principles and Requirements. (2013.) 2.b..
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Resources to support you

  • Good referencing

    Including a list of your sources in your content makes your information transparent. It shows readers that your information is accurate and evidence-based. This factsheet contains key points to bear in mind when referencing and outlines the different reference management software that are available to use.

  • A summary to communicate evidence from systematic reviews to the public improved understanding and accessibility of information

    This article provides, and evaluates, a best practice example of of a summary presenting research from synthesized evidence to patients and the public.

  • The DISCERN Instrument

    DISCERN can be used by authors and publishers of information as a guide to the standard which users are entitled to expect. It includes criteria for being clear on the evidence-base, communicating uncertainty, and sharing the date a piece of health information was created. It also covers signposting to further sources of information and support, issues that affect quality of life.

  • IPDAS 2005: Criteria for judging the quality of decision aids

    This checklist specifies criteria for transparent, balanced and unbiased communication of health information to aid decision making. It covers: having a clear structure for layout;  asks if resources help patients to make appropriate decisions; the need for planning and identifying objectives; and having a systematic development process

  • Different levels of evidence

    Contains sections on finding evidence, critical appraisal, and communicating the evidence-base.

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