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The Transplant Library was developed by the CET with the aim to provide high quality, evidence-based information, namely randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews, on all of aspects of solid organ transplantation for the transplantation community. It serves as an easily searched resource for clinicians, researchers and other related health professionals as searching the Transplant Library does not require any expert search skills.

The Transplant Library contains records of:

  • All randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in solid organ transplantation, from 1970 to present. There are over 8,000 references to RCTs in the library, sourced mainly from Medline, the Cochrane Library (with permission) and hand searches of conference proceedings (many not available in Medline). [More on the assessment and selection of RCTs]
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of good quality from 2008 onwards. [More on the selection of reviews]
  • Records of ongoing randomised controlled trials

Other features of the Library include:

  • RCTs published from 2004 onwards have been given a methodological quality rating which helps users assess their potential value (based upon the Jadad score, allocation concealment and intention-to-treat analysis)
  • Expert commentaries from June 2014, including a clinical impact rating and practice changing studies are highlighted
  • Direct free access to Open Access articles
  • The search interface includes unique limits specific to organ transplantation to make searching even faster and more effective
  • The Transplant Library is updated every two weeks with new RCTs and every 4 weeks with new systematic reviews, keeping users abreast of newly reported evidence

The Transplant Library is available on the OvidSP and the Evidentia Publishing platforms. Both platforms allow rapid and comprehensive searches on focused topics without any professional search skills.

User guide

The Transplant Library is designed to be simple to search. To help users, we have created both PDF and video guides to searching the library:

pdf iconPDF Search Guide
video iconVideo guide for the OVID SP platform
video iconVideo guide for the Evidentia platform

How to access the library

There are several ways to get access to the Transplant Library:

  1. European Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT) Members

    Access the Library from the members avenue via the ESOT homepage.

  2. British Transplant Society (BTS) Members

    Access the Library direct from the BTS website.

  3. Athens Users

    If your institution has subscribed to the Library, you can access it directly with your Athens password.

  4. Scottish NHS libraries

    Contact the librarian at your local NHS library for details on how to access the library.

Individual subscribers

Please contact Evidentia Publishing for a free trial and individual subscriptions.

Information for Librarians

If you are interested in subscribing to the Transplant Library at your institution, please visit the Ovid or Evidentia Publishing websites. The library is also available from Ovid as part of a bundle of related products.

Useful References

Pengel L, Morris P. The Transplant Library of randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews. Transplantation 2011; 92(6):613-6 [PMID:21866077]

Barcena L, Pengel L, Morris PJ. Searching the transplantation library. Transplantation 2008;85(8):1068-74 [PMID:18431222]