TRIP database: a resource for health and medicine

What is Trip?

Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care.

Trip has been online since 1997  and their  motto is ‘Find evidence fast’.

As well as research evidence TRIP also allows clinicians and researchers to search across other content types including images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses and news.


PICO – patient/intervention/comparison/outcome allows you to conduct a focussed search based on a structured clinical question.

For example your question may be;

‘In patients with recurrent furunculosis, do prophylactic antibiotics, compared to no treatment, reduce the recurrence rate?’

and you may structure your search as;

P  Population/patient =  patients with recurrent furunculosis 

I  Intervention/indicator =  prophylactic antibiotics 

C  Comparator/control =  no treatment 

O  Outcome =  reduction in recurrence rate of furunculosis


TRIP Rapid Reviews Search

This is a relatively new development offered by TRIP.

Trip Rapid Review is a first: a free, public-facing system to rapidly analyse and synthesis multiple research articles. Due to the highly innovative nature of this product we make no claims regarding accuracy.

The system has been optimised for single intervention studies (be it placebo controlled or versus ‘usual care’).

For more on Rapid Reviews take a look at the TRIP blog at

Try these searches at

If you have any feedback on the resource email and we can send it on to TRIP

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