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Specialist Unit for Review Evidence (SURE)


The SURE team is mostly grant funded and is comprised of experienced information specialists and systematic reviewers. The team identifies, evaluates and summarises current, reliable evidence and teaches systematic review methods.

Since its inception, SURE has contributed to a broad range of research projects, addressing review topics as diverse as palliative care, orthopaedic surgery, oral health in care homes, child protection, increasing physical activity and cardiac monitors. The SURE team also work in the field of methodological innovation, exploring new literature searching techniques and the use of text mining to improve review efficiency.  

As well as enjoying close working relationships with research groups within the University, SURE also works alongside a number of external organisations such as the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE), the Cochrane Collaboration, the Welsh Government and universities in Melbourne and Queensland, Australia. 

Fundamental to SURE's success is its engagement and collaboration with key stakeholders and the expertise of its staff.

Twitter: @SUREteamCardiff

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We are very excited to announce that our annual SURE Systematic Review summer course is now open for online bookings!

Conducting a Systematic Review: a practical guide

20 - 23 June 2016

We look forward to seeing you there. Please contact us at for further information.


Recent Publications

NICE guidance: Oral health for adults in care homes – Effectiveness, Best Practice and Barriers and Facilitators (Online Publication: July 2016)

Weightman et al. Review 1: Effectiveness. 

Morgan et al. Review 2: Best Practice. 

Johnson et al. Review 3: Barriers and Facilitators. 

Background: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has been asked by the Department of Health (DH) to develop a public health guideline for carers working in health and social residential care settings (including nursing homes and residential care homes) on effective approaches to promoting oral health, preventing dental health problems and ensuring access to dental treatment when needed.
This guideline will provide recommendations for good practice, based on the best available evidence of effectiveness, including cost effectiveness. It is aimed at health and wellbeing boards, clinical commissioning groups and health and social care professionals, commissioners and managers working within the NHS, local authorities and the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors.


Morgan F, Battersby A, Weightman A, Searchfield L, Turley R, Morgan H, Jagroo J, Ellis S. "Adherence to exercise referral schemes by participants - what do providers and commissioners need to know? A systematic review of barriers and facilitators" BMC Public Health. In Press

Background: Physical inactivity levels are rising worldwide with major implications for the health of the population and the prevalence of non-communicable diseases. Exercise referral schemes (ERS) continue to be a popular intervention utilised by healthcare practitioners to increase physical activity. We undertook a systematic review of views studies in order to inform guidance from the UK National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on exercise referral schemes to promote physical activity. This paper reports on the participant views identified, to inform those seeking to refine schemes to increase attendance and adherence.