Study resources


This page has a selection of study links that could be useful to anyone studying in the fields of chest, heart or stroke. More specific links can be found in the following pages:

General study resources

Electronic libraries, databases and other resources

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Based on clinical evidence for patients from the BMJ.

Cochrane Library
Collection of databases in medicine and other healthcare specialties provided by the Cochrane Collaboration and other organisations.

Google Scholar
To access academic papers.

Health Improvement Scotland
Health body formed in 2011 which helps NHS Scotland and independent healthcare providers deliver high quality, evidence-based, safe, effective and person–centred care. They also scrutinise services to provide public assurance about the quality and safety of that care.

Health Scotland Library
Health Scotland provides a lending service for books, videos and training materials to anyone in Scotland interested in health improvement.

Merck Manual
The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library.

NHS Clinical Knowledge Summaries
A source of clinical knowledge for the NHS about the common conditions managed in primary care.

NHS Evidence
The NHS Evidence service aims to provide easy access to a comprehensive evidence base for everyone in health and social care who takes decisions about treatments or the use of resources thus improving health and patient care. Incorporates The NHS Evidence Health Information Resources website (formerly the National Library for Health).

NHS Scotland Clinical Decisions
Clinical Decisions strives to provide access to high quality resources to help healthcare staff provide patient care based on the best available evidence.

NHS Scotland Knowledge Network
Online information service, providing high quality knowledge support to underpin effective health care delivery and support the patient journey.
Requires ATHENS username and password. This provides access to password protected content - over 5000 full text journals, 80 databases and 5000 electronic books.

Patient UK: Patient Plus
Patient Plus is an extension to Patient UK, covering a wide range of medical subjects in more detail.

PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 18 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals.

Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS)
SSKS is a gateway to a wealth of information and learning materials to support practitioners in day to day work and in learning.

The Knowledge Network
The Knowledge Network platform is the national knowledge management platform for health and social care delivered by the Knowledge Services Group. It provides high quality knowledge support for delivery of health and social care.

TRIP database
Aims to bring together all the 'evidence-based' healthcare resources available on the internet.
An anatomy atlas, requires free registration.


Guidelines and standards

British Thoracic Society (BTS)

Health Improvement Scotland (HIS)

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)


Government and policy documents

For help in understanding the language of these documents please use the Glossary.

Risk factors / lifestyle

Alcohol Information Scotland
Disseminates Scottish (national and local) information, statistics and research relating to alcohol misuse. Managed by the Information Services Division, NHS National Services Scotland.

ASH Scotland
ASH Scotland is the leading charity campaigning for effective tobacco control legislation in Scotland.

British Nutrition Foundation
Resource for scientifically based nutritional knowledge and advice.

Food Standards Agency (FSA)
Advice, information, reports and publications concerning healthy eating.

Healthier Scotland 
Raising awareness of a range of healthy living issues for the well being of Scotland and its communities.

Tobacco Information Scotland
Tobacco Information Scotland (TIS) is a new initiative from the ASH Scotland.



Information and Statistics (ISD)


Palliative Care

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