Trip Database Blog

Liberating the literature


July 2018

Latest and greatest

This is an often overlooked feature of Trip, so it’s about time I highlighted it.

Latest and greatest takes a topic and looks at the latest evidence for the topic and also the ‘greatest’ – by that, the articles that have been clicked on most for the last 12 months.  A list of topics can be found here but you can access the latest and greatest for any topic via the link at the top of any particular search, for example:

We particularly like the ‘greatest’ side of the feature as it allows uses to easily see the articles deemed most useful/interesting for a given topic.  A bit like a topic-based clinical zeitgeist!

Free and easy to use.

Some examples below:


For the full list, click here.

Multiple sclerosis

For the full list, click here.


For the full list, click here.


The post-NGC landscape, a sample of US guidelines added to Trip this month

I’ve written about our attempts to mitigate the loss of the National Guideline Clearinghouse (even producing a ‘conversion’ how to use Trip guide).  But below are a sample of the new guidelines, added this month, to Trip:

As mentioned, the above is a sample, a modest sample 🙂

Searching for guidelines post-NGC

This post is to help National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) users navigate Trip to find the guidelines they need.

Firstly, Trip links to over 3,500 guidelines from the USA (and over 10,000 guidelines in total).  The NGC used to provide summaries to less than half this amount (for a variety of reasons). But Trip is much more than guidelines, we includes a broad range of resources arranged around the evidence hierarchy – as you use Trip you’ll come to appreciate this.

Another thing to consider is Trip’s a very small organisation with a budget a fraction of the NGC and therefore we are not able to mimic all of the sophisticated search refinements of NGC’s.  We are funded via a freemium business model (to understand the differences see the chart here).  Note the guidelines are provided for free but please consider subscribing to help support our efforts (individual and organisational subscriptions are available).

Anyway enough preamble, to search for guidelines navigate to Trip and you’ll see this screen:

I suspect it’s superfluous but I’ve added a big arrow showing where you add the search terms.  Once you’ve searched you go to the results page:

This is the results for all our content so you may want to refine the search for guidelines or USA guidelines, this is easy:

The refine feature is on the right-hand side of the results page. This allows you to refine results by any evidence type, but the two highlighted are for all guidelines and USA guidelines.  If you click on the USA guidelines the results are restricted to just those:



You can further refine by year (see towards the bottom of the refine area on the results page).  Trip Pro also allows advanced search and refine by clinical area.

For further information on using Trip we have produced a selection of ‘how to’ videos and you may find the ‘Tour’ interesting:

Any further questions, just send them my way:


PubMed: Cited by feature

I’d not noticed the cited by N systematic reviews before in PubMed:

I’m thinking that might be useful!


Trip Overviews of Evidence, more examples

A further list of automated reviews for you to browse:

Question answering – the next step(s) for Trip

As well as improvements to our automated review system we’re planning more improvements to the site and it’ll focus on getting back to our roots – clinical Q&A.  Trip was born out of a need to help support a formal, manual, clinical question answering service (called ATTRACT) and is still the main reason people use Trip.

We’re looking to build on lots of separate features we already have in Trip:

But we hope to bring a number of other techniques ranging from machine learning to community support.

We can’t wait…

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