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The Cochrane Library : Wiley Interscience
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What is Grey Literature?
Grey literature is defined as follows: "That which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers." (Fourth International Conference on Grey Literature, Washington, D.C., October 1999.) Grey literature publications can include the following materials:
- Preliminary Progress and Advanced Reports
- Technical Reports
- Statistical Reports
- State-of-the Art Reports
- Market Research Reports
- Conference Proceedings, Conference Papers and Posters
- Technical Specifications and Standards
- Clinical Trial Data
- Non-commercial Translations
- Technical and Commercial Documentation
- Government Reports and Documents
- And more
Because of the non-conventional, often ephemeral nature of grey literature, it can be difficult to locate and obtain. Often, grey literature is not indexed or included in conventional databases and so must be sought out, generally on the web, but sometimes directly from the researchers or organizations producing the materials.
Why is Grey Literature Important?
There are various reasons why grey literature is important including the following:
- Vital for developing a more complete view of a specific research topic
- Key when producing a systematic review and for evidence synthesis
- Good source for data and statistics
- More detailed reports due to no publisher-enforced length for the document
- Limits publication lag between production of data and publication in a journal
- Eliminates positive result bias of journals and allows negative results to be made public
Grey literature generally has more breadth and depth than what is typically found in a journal article. For instance, a thesis may contain data that was never included in the journal article that is ultimately published using the thesis data. Datasets provide much more information than will ever be included in a journal article destined for a scholarly publication. In addition, grey literature is becoming increasingly more accessible via the web on government websites, organization/association websites or institutional repositories/libraries.
How to Find Grey Literature
Since grey literature is not generally indexed in conventional databases, your search may start with locating organizations or associations that are likely to publish the type of information in which you are interested. Search the web for:
- Government Agencies
- Advocacy Groups and Private Agencies
- Industry, Trade or Professional Organizations
- Grey Literature Gateways
- Academic or Institutional Libraries/Repositories
Each organization or entity will have its own unique search interface, so you will have to adapt to each as you explore the options for locating information. There are many sites that act as gateways to grey literature and others that provide access to large datasets (such as government websites). You will find a list of some of these sites under the G-L Resources tab on this pathfinder.
To make the most effective use of the grey literature, it is important to narrow your focus. Ask yourself the following:
- What is your audience? Who are your stakeholders?
- Professional Organizations?
- What kind of material are you
interested in obtaining?
- Conference Proceedings?
- Is there a specific time period
for your material?
- Are you limited to a specific population or geographical area?
Once you have determined your specific needs, you can begin exploring the available resources for data and other materials. The list of websites under the G-L Resources tab on this pathfinder should give you a good starting point.
General Sources for Grey Literature
TRIP Database A search engine to find evidence-based clinical information.
NTIS National Technical Information Service
ISRCTN Register International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number
WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform World Health Organization
HSRProj Health Services Research Projects in Progress, National Library of Medicine
Clinical Practice Guidelines
National Guidelines Clearinghouse Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, US
NICE Guidance National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, UK.
Toward Optimized Practice Alberta Medical Association, Canada
NHMRC, Guidelines National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia
ICSI Guidelines Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement
Also search professional nursing and medical associations for professional guidelines or statements.
Statistics and Datasets
FastStats CDC, US
Health and Medical Care Archive Data Archive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
HCUPnet Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, AHRQ, US
Database of Online Health Statistics Institute of Health Economics, Alberta, Canada. Searches internationally.
Consumer Assessment of
Healthcare Providers and Systems AHRQ, US
Global Health Observatory World Health Organization
OAIster Open Archives Initiative
OpenDOAR Directory of Open Access Repositories
ROAR Registry of Open Access Repositories
SHERPA (UK) Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research Preservation and Access
VHL Virtual Health Library
Also check large universities/institutions for access to institutional repositories.
Drugs and Devices
MedWatch FDA, US
Drug Databases FDA, US
Medical Device Databases FDA, US
Advisory Committees FDA, US
Drug Assessments Drugs Assessment Working Group, Therapeutics Initiative, Canada
DERP Drug Effectiveness Review Project
Madonna University College of Nursing and Health
DNP Capstone Collection
Patient perception of readiness for discharge: impact on the discharge experience by Libcke, Julia M. MSN, RN, GRRN, NEA-BC
The impact of frontline leadership rounding on nurse engagement by Baird-Cox, Kelly A. MSN, RN. CPNP, CPEN, CEN, NE-BC
Evaluation of comfort in strengthening family communication skills of advanced practice registered by Roth, Roxanne MSN, RN
Screening for delirium in the emergency department by Buterakos, Roxanne M. MSN, RN, PNP-BC, AG-ACNP-BC
Improving patient care outcomes through better delegation-communication among nurses and assistive personnel by Wagner, Elissa A. MSN, RN
Delirium screening in a long-term care facility by Hashem, Azmeena Amir
Pediatric cardiac transplant: quality of life of urban families by Kelm, Lauren MSN, RN, CPNP
Teaching to the affective domain: an end-of-life simulation by Isabell, Cynthia A
Feasibility in establishing a nurse-managed wellness center by Spears, Belverly
Implementing a school-based electronic health record: a collaborative effort by Gorham, Laurel A
Utilization of interactTM clinical pathways in long term care facilities to reduce acute care transfers by Moss, Tonya MSN, WHNP-BC
Practice pattern of DNP prepared APRNs caring for older adults by McCullough, Levone
influence of an emergency "Preflight" transition checklist on the
transfer of senior facility residents to the emergency department by Moccia, Joan Michelle MSN,
Nutrition education content in nurse practitioner curricula: what are Michigan NP'S learning about nutrition? by Trapp, Caroline MSN, ANP-BC, CDE, FAANP
Creating a culture of care: the impact of reflective practice by Cleere, Suzanne
HPV vaccine initiative - changing the paradigm by Davis, Kathleen M
Evaluating a tobacco treatment clinical education program: an opportunity to lead change and transform practice by Essenmacher, Carol. MSN, PMHCNS-BC
Improving the culture of safety on a high acuity inpatient child/adolescent psychiatric unit by mindfulness based stress reduction training of staff by Hallman, Ilze Sturis, MS, GNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC
Change in staff/providers' knowledge, confidence, and satisfaction following a water inmersion education program by Heathcote, Gail, RN, MSN, CNS, CNM
A process improvement project to promote informed choice for prenatal genetic testing by Klima, Katherine M
Evaluating an educational module on home inotrope therapy by Lockman-Samkowiak, Jodie. MSN, RN, CRNI
The impact of a nurse practitioner rapid response team on SIRS outcomes by Benson, Linda, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN
The impact of PTSD on pain management for veterans by Cobb, Kathleen
Improving the care transition process for patients hospitalized with heart failure by Martin, Nancy C. MSN, RN
An early inquiry into DNP utilization in Michigan public and teaching hospitals by Nichols, Catherine
The importance of assessing sedation during opioid administration by Podczervinski, Nicole MSN, FNP-BC
Circle of care: creating positive changes in infant outcomes by Renn-Bugal, Nancy, MSN, RN
Mentoring needs of nurse practitioners at an academic health science center by Richard-Smolarek, Martha, DNP-C, PMHCNS, BC
Simulation as a stroke educational strategy: what works by Berry, Rosa Maria
The inner journey of becoming nurse practitioners by Froelich, Shari D., DNP(c), MSN, MSBA, ANP, BC, ACHPN
Intraoperative risk factors associated with postoperative pressure ulcers in critically ill patients: a retrospective observational study by O'Brien, Denise D., MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CPAN, CAPA, FAAN
An examination of nurse caring and hospital acquired pressure ulcers by Paull, Judy C
Assessment of a comprehensive safe patient handling program by Pousak, MaryPat, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
An interprofessional approach to sepsis care by Sirianni, Susanna
The impact of mindfulness meditation in promoting a culture of safety on an acute psychiatric unit by Brady, Stephanie, DNP-C, PMHCNS, BC
Relationships between caring, psychological measures and diabetes clinical outcomes by Burson, Rosanne, DNP(c), ACNS-BC, CDE
Identifying the barriers to use of standardized nursing language in the electronic health record by the ambulatory care nurse practitioner by Conrad, Dianne M., DNP(c), RN, FNP-BC
The effect of relational cueing on patient satisfaction by Lowry, Rosemary M., DNP(c), ACNS-BC, CDE
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