NHS OpenAthens users- Act now to avoid loss of saved searches on MEDLINE and PSYCINFO (Deadline 30th March)

If you have used your NHS OpenAthens account to conduct and save searches on MEDLINE or PSYCINFO using either the NICE Evidence Healthcare Database Advanced Search (HDAS) or the Ovid SP platform you will need to take action before the end of March.

Changes will shortly be made to the suppliers of these databases following a national reprocurement. The Healthcare Database Advanced Search (HDAS) interface functionality will remain largely unchanged but there will be a significant impact on saved searches.

Any saved searches on MEDLINE or PSYCINFO made on the HDAS (Healthcare Databases Advanced Search) platform or the OvidSP platform will stop working on 30th March. To avoid loss of your searches they need to be saved externally and re-run when the databases are fully operational.

Further information and instructions on how to transfer your searches is available [PDF].

As a consequence of the change of suppliers MEDLINE and PSCYINFO will no longer be available on OvidSP via OpenAthens. HDAS will likely be the best alternative interface offering integration with EMBASE. Medline will be available via the HDAS, Proquest or EBSCO interfaces.

If you experience any problems or have any further questions, please contact liaison@sgul.ac.uk