An evidence service could undertake a number of roles to support users (probably organisations) for instance:
- Literature searches
- Critical appraisals
- Evidence reviews/synthesis
- Clinical Q&A
- Horizon scanning
I have experience in the UK where there are a large number of organisations (e.g. CCGs) that do not have timely access to timely, robust evidence to support their decisions. This is really problematic when introducing changes to the system; how can they be evidence-based with no evidence input? I doubt UK is atypical in this respect. Therefore, there is a real opportunity to improve care and improve our business!
If you're interested in the service and want to help us develop our service then let me know.