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Some useful websites and how to evaluate them
Finding information on the internet is easy, but finding good quality and reliable information is trickier than you think. Take a look at our tips in this section on how to get the most out of searching online. Before you use any web resource in your assignment ask yourself “Is the web page as good as information you would find in a book or academic journal?”
Webpages can be set up by anyone, therefore before referencing a site check that the information is reliable and accurate.
- Who wrote the information? Do they have relevant qualifications? Have they written other material on the subject? Do they have a bias?
- When was the information published? Is it current enough for your needs?
- Why was the page put on the web? Is it selling or promoting something? Is it biased?
Look for the clues in the URL
- .com – a commercial company
- .co.uk – a commercial UK company
- .edu – a US academic institution
- .ac.uk – a UK academic institution
- .org – a non-profit organisation
- .gov or .gov.uk – a US or UK government site
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Here are some useful links you may like to explore further:
Chemist & Druggist UK
News, education and training tools for community pharmacists
Community Pharmacy Wales/Fferylliath Gymunedol Cymru
Community Pharmacy Wales represents the 700 plus pharmacy owners in Wales on NHS matters.
National Pharmacy Association
UK/European level: Trade Association for the UK’s community pharmacy owners. Virtually all pharmacies in the UK are in voluntary membership.
Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC)
PSNC promotes and supports the interests of all NHS community pharmacies in England. It is recognised by the Secretary of State for Health as the body that represents NHS pharmacy contractors. It works closely with Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs) to support their role as the local NHS representative organisations
Other helpful sites for Pharmacy
Clinical Trials information
Clinical Trials Register
ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.
International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP)
This database was established as "a voluntary platform to link clinical trials registers in order to ensure a single point of access and the unambiguous identification of trials with a view to enhancing access to information by patients, families, patient groups and others".
The ISRCTN registry is a primary clinical trial registry recognised by WHO and ICMJE that accepts all clinical research studies (whether proposed, ongoing or completed), providing content validation and curation and the unique identification number necessary for publication. All study records in the database are freely accessible and searchable.
National Research Register
The National Research Register (NRR) is an archived register of completed research projects funded by, or of interest to, the United Kingdom's National Health Service. Information is held on over 80,000 research projects. It was closed in 2007.
UK Clinical Trials Gateway
A database of health and social care research taking place across the UK.
This includes 'clinical trials' and 'health and social care research' as well as studies that are happening right now into any condition or disease area