Trip is a free clinical search engine used in the United Kingdom to help clinicians identify research evidence, in part for creating systematic reviews.[1]

Developer(s)Trip Database Ltd
TypeSearch engine



The site was created in 1997 by Jon Brassey and Chris Price in Gwent, South Wales.[2] In 1999, one source reported it aggregated results from 25 websites.[3] In 2003, Trip became a subscription-only service. This was abandoned In September 2006 and in 2015 followed a freemium business model. Originally "Trip" stood for Turning Research Into Practice.[4]



Between May 2004 and May 2005, 620,735 searches were undertaken.[2]


  1. ^ Tsafnat, Guy; Glasziou, Paul; Choong, Miew Keen; Dunn, Adam; Galgani, Filippo; Coiera, Enrico (2014). "Systematic review automation technologies". Systematic Reviews. 3 (1): 74. doi:10.1186/2046-4053-3-74. ISSN 2046-4053. PMC 4100748. PMID 25005128.
  2. ^ a b Meats, Emma; Brassey, Jon; Heneghan, Carl; Glasziou, Paul (2007). "Using the Turning Research Into Practice (TRIP) database: how do clinicians really search?". Journal of the Medical Library Association. 95 (2): 156–163. doi:10.3163/1536-5050.95.2.156. ISSN 1558-9439. PMC 1852632. PMID 17443248.
  3. ^ "Web Watch - January 1999". Archived from the original on 5 December 2021.
  4. ^ "About". Trip. Trip Database Ltd. Retrieved 3 April 2013.