Evidence gaps within health care, dental care and social services can be found in the SBU database and at NHS Evidence in the UK. These databases provide information about areas exhibiting a lack of practice-based research or critically appraised scientific knowledge. If applying for research funding to perform practice-based research, these databases could assist in identifying and highlighting important areas requiring further research. Note that these databases only contain evidence gaps for practice-based research and do not include basic research.
In addition to the two web-databases mentioned above, there is also a former, now archived database, for evidence gaps within medical, dental and social research: The UK Database of Uncertainties about the Effects of Treatments (DUETs). SBU functions as a repository for this database. An Excel file containing evidence gaps identified by DUETs (a total of approximately 11,000 evidence gaps recorded between 2005 and 2016) is accessible via the SBU website. This file also includes references to the scientific reports and systematic reviews in which the evidence gaps were identified.
The evidence gaps registered in the archived database were derived from different types of scientific publications. The main sources include Cochrane Collaboration, NICE Guidance, and James Lind Alliance Research Priorities. Note that SBU has not critically assessed the underlying reports and systematic reviews.
Parts of the contents in the archived database can also be found on the NHS Evidence website where they are listed as Evidence Uncertainties. Evidence gaps may therefore be listed in both the SBU and the NHS Evidence databases. The archived DUETs database is not updated, and the most recently identified evidence gap is from March 2016.
The archived DUETs database can be found here
If you have any questions or identify a evidence gap that may need an update, please contact SBU