Aggressive Research Intelligence Facility (ARIF)

Aggressive Research Intelligence Facility (ARIF)Advancing the use of evidence on the effects of health care in the West Midlands (ARIF)

ARIF was a specialist unit set up in 1996 and based at the University of Birmingham. It's aim was to improve the incorporation of research findings into health care decision making in the NHS in the West Midlands.

ARIF provided a request service providing responsive evidence synthesis reports on topics of interest. (1996-2011). These reports undertaken by ARIF are likely to no longer be current given the high likelihood of more recent research being undertaken in the last decade. For this reason reports are no-longer available and more recent assessments of research evidence should be sought or new ones undertaken.

In additional ARIF provided a database (called ARIF reviews database) of systematic reviews of effectiveness of healthcare interventions, diagnostics and observational studies (approx. 20,000 records) and a database containing records on studies of systematic review methodology (called ARIF methodology database) (approx. 1000 records). These databases continued to be updated until June 2018 and are no longer being updated.

The databases are still available for searching at: ARIF databases

If you have any queries about ARIF please contact April Coombe.