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Centre for Reviews and Dissemination

A world renowned institute producing policy relevant research using innovative methods to improve population health.

The Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) specialises in evidence synthesis, assembling and evaluating data from multiple research studies to generate robust evidence to inform health policy and practice.

We undertake high-quality systematic reviews and associated economic evaluations, develop underpinning methods, and promote and facilitate the use of research evidence in decision-making.

Over the past 20 years, we have completed over 200 systematic reviews covering a wide range of health care topics, many of which have had a direct impact on national policy.

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Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
(General Enquiries) +44 (0)1904 321040
A/B Block, Alcuin College, University of York, York YO10 5DD

83% of our research is rated as “world leading” or “internationally excellent”

(Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Research strengths

Determining which treatments and interventions are most effective is essential for service users, practitioners and policymakers.

Individual research studies are rarely sufficient to justify the use of new interventions. To make fair judgements, decisions should be informed by all relevant research evidence, including studies with findings both in favour and against the intervention under consideration.

To avoid bias our approach and methods are clearly set out in advance to provide the most reliable evidence about the effects of tests, treatments and other interventions used in health, public health and social care.

Impact and engagement

Our research influences policymakers and practitioners in the UK and its impact is felt by all who depend on healthcare services.


Resources and support

We offer training, guidance and other resources which can benefit health practitioners, decision-makers and researchers.

University research themes

Interdisciplinary research is one of our strengths. We collaborate across the University's research themes – areas of research excellence that cross departmental boundaries. We have particularly strong partnerships within three themes:

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Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
(General Enquiries) +44 (0)1904 321040
A/B Block, Alcuin College, University of York, York YO10 5DD