What worksLast updated: 24 October 2011 18:50 UK
Commissioners make decisions about how and where to spend public money. Part of the decision involves looking at the most effective way of providing services.
NHS Evidence [http://www.evidence.nhs.uk/] is one of the most useful sources of information about evidence of effectiveness in health and social care.
Produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence, Social Care Online [http://www.scie-socialcareonline.org.uk/] is the UK's most complete range of information and research on all aspects of social care and social work.
NICE [http://www.nice.org.uk/] is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.
The Cochrane Library [http://www.thecochranelibrary.com/] helps health care providers, policy-makers, patients, their advocates and carers, make well-informed decisions about health care, based on the best available research evidence, by preparing, updating and promoting the accessibility of Cochrane Reviews.
Available on the NHS Choices [http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Pages/hub.aspx] website, the Map of Medicine [http://healthguides.mapofmedicine.com/choices/map/index.html] shows you the ideal, evidence-based patient journey for common and important conditions. It is a high-level overview that can be shared by patients and healthcare providers.
The strategies referenced elsewhere on these JSNA pages include information about effectiveness.