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Blog - We've now more content and more ways to access it

Published: 19-10-2016

We've had a busy summer here at Our automated tagging of papers by study type and disease, intervention and PRO ontology means that we've been able to back-fill the database with around 70,000 papers relevant to the humanistic and economic burden of disease that were published from 1960. Users can now search over 180,000 relevant abstracts for studies on patient-reported outcomes, utilities, costs and resource use, economic analyses and mortality.

We are proud of our innovative technological approach to indexing abstracts, and have just submitted a patent application on the process. We're also delighted that our colleague Dr Jean-Baptiste Krohn has been invited to make a podium presentation about his research and Dr Rob Challen, Alison Martin and Chris Martin are to present a poster on the methods at ISPOR Vienna next month. We also have three other posters there on the number of PRO instruments that have been developed for different disease areas. Do come and see us there if you're attending the Congress - we are exhibiting at T-18 and will be very happy to tell you more about our approach and discuss how we could make even better. If you're not attending, you will still be able to download copies of our four posters and presentation from the Congress website or our Publications page.

Of course, there's little point in improving the content if nobody can access it. So, we've also made some changes to the dashboard so that anyone can now access it for free, with no need to sign in, register or subscribe. When you land on the home page, just click on the Go to Dashboard link to try out as many searches as you want. If you just need to find a few key papers for your model parameterisation or dossier development, you should be able to find relevant content in a few seconds. If you need a more comprehensive download of papers, you can now pay to download a search, again without having to subscribe. You can play with the search criteria as much as you like to get the results you need, then paying the one-off fee will allow you to download or print details of up to 500 citations.

We have also started a rolling monthly subscription for organisations that want to run and download multiple searches. Now you and your colleagues can access the database using an organisation-wide password or IP address and download as many searches as you need each month, and can cancel the subscription at any time. Prices are based on the number of employees at the organisation or affiliate, and you can find out more about them on our Subscriptions page.

Subscriptions remain free for all HTA organisations and other key governmental bodies. Please contact us on to arrange access for your team.