Trip Database: Freely-Available Search Engine for Evidence-Based Practice

Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care.

Trip came into existence in 1997 as Turning Research Into Practice. 100 million searches later it is going strong. Trip’s content, usability and appearance continue to improve. The free version works great and is all you are likely to need.

See the next to the last paragraph for more about the paid for options.

As an example of what TRIP looks like in action:
Say I want to search for information about “high intensity exercise”.

TRIP

You will notice in the screenshot above in the right column there are 36 systematic reviews, 6 synopses, and a number of guidelines from various locations around the world.
You can also create a PICO search. PICO is a tool to assist in formulating focused clinical questions for use in database searches. The PICO example below might translate to: “In patients with diabetes does high intensity exercise lead to lower hemoglobin A1c levels?”PICO
They now have a $40 per year premium version for individuals. TRIP has also created an Evidence Service that includes literature review, scoping evidence review, and horizon scanning. Each service comes with additional cost. Institutional versions are available as well.
TRIP is loaded with other features like advanced search including proximity searching (phrases which warm the cockles of librarians hearts). They have their own “public facing” mini-meta-analysis maker (Trip Rapid Review), and you can export your finds to a reference manager. Suffice it to say Trip is worth a look. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Evans Whittaker, MD, MLIS

Education and Information Consultant for Medicine

Library and Center for Knowledge Management
University of California, San Francisco

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Whit is the Education and Information Consultant for Medicine at UCSF Library.
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