We are very sorry to be saying goodbye to our information specialist, Dr Douglas Grindlay, who will be leaving us at the end of March 2021 as the funding for his role has come to an end. Douglas has worked alongside us since the launch of the Centre for Evidence Based Hand Surgery (CEBHS), and will greatly missed as an invaluable colleague and friend.
This means we are having to archive the HandSRev database of systematic reviews, and it will no longer be updated after the search results for February 2021. We recommend the Epistemonikos database, https://www.epistemonikos.org/, as a comprehensive, searchable database of systematic reviews. Selected guidelines and systematic reviews can also be found in NICE Evidence Search, https://www.evidence.nhs.uk/.
Over the last six years, Douglas set up and compiled our CEBHS Hand Surgery Evidence Updates service, which has grown to an amazing 910 subscribers from 37 countries worldwide. Sandeep Deshmukh in the CEBHS will now be taking over the production of the Updates.
Douglas also produced our HandSRev database, and was information specialist for the James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership on Common Conditions Affecting the Hand and Wrist, finding the evidence to check research uncertainties.
Douglas has contributed to numerous systematic reviews as information specialist and as a valued author. Douglas has also provided expert teaching for research students and hand surgery trainees on database searching and information skills, both within the University of Nottingham and for external organisations. His skills, experience and unique input will be greatly missed.
We would all like to thank Douglas for his wonderful contributions to evidence-based hand surgery and wish him much happiness in the future.
Posted on Thursday 18th March 2021