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Specialist Unit for Review Evidence (SURE)

Launch of the new SURE name


SURE was established as the 'Support Unit for Research Evidence' in 2000.  Since its inception, SURE has contributed to a broad range of research projects, addressing review topics as diverse as 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.  In order to better reflect the particular expertise offered by the Unit's team of information specialists and systematic reviewers, SURE has been given the new name of 'The Specialist Unit for Review Evidence' (Uned Arbenigol ar Dystiolaeth Adolygu).


SURE group photo

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. SURE was established in 2000 to continue the development of the Health Evidence Bulletin Wales project. The Bulletins provided summaries of the best available evidence across a range of topic areas.

Since then SURE has undertaken nationally funded research in a wide variety of areas specialising in the field of health and social sciences. The Unit has a wide range of partners both within and outside Cardiff University.

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

Twitter: @SUREteamCardiff


News and recent publications

Baker PRA, Francis DP, Soares J, Weightman AL, Foster C. Community wide interventions for increasing physical activity. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD008366.
DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008366.pub3

'Not having enough physical activity leads to poorer health. Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of chronic disease and improve one's health and wellbeing. The lack of physical activity is a common and in some cases a growing health problem. To address this, 33 studies have used improvement activities directed at communities, using more than one approach in a single program. When we first looked at the available research in 2011 we observed that there was a lack of good studies which could show whether this approach was beneficial or not. Some studies claimed that community wide programs improved physical activities and other studies did not. In this update we found four new studies that were of good quality; however none of these four studies increased physical activity levels for the population. Some studies reported program level effects such as observing more people walking, however the population level of physical activity had not increased. This review found that community wide interventions are very difficult to undertake, and it appears that they usually fail to provide a measurable benefit in physical activity for a population. It is apparent that many of the interventions failed to reach a substantial portion of the community, and we speculate that some single strategies included in the combination may lack individual effectiveness'