Internet Resources Digest
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Clinical Information Alerting Services
Clinical Evidence is one of the world's most authoritative medical resources for informing treatment decisions and improving patient care. The systematic reviews in Clinical Evidence result from a rigorous process aimed at ensuring that they are both reliable and relevant to clinical practice. It is neither a textbook of medicine nor a set of guidelines. It describes the best available evidence from systematic reviews, RCTs, and observational studies where appropriate, and if there is no good evidence it says so. Clinical Evidence online continues to be available free to people in developing countries as part of HINARI initiative - access from these countries is unrestricted providing your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is based in one of these countries. The Clinical Evidence monthly email alert contains information about all the newest and most updated systematic reviews. You can also get news alerts by subscribing to RSS feeds.
DocGuide allows you to stay ahead of the latest medical news and research advances thanks to simple and powerful customization features, and the contributions of your personal colleagues and the larger DocGuide physician community. A trusted service for physicians since 1995, DocGuide content is sourced from over 2000 peer-reviewed journals, major medical conferences, and the world's most respected medical news organizations. DocGuide currently provides links to a limited set of full-text articles. For these articles you will find the link 'Free Full Text'. Physician members of DocGuide are asked to star the articles and abstracts they view if the information is clinically relevant. Each physician who finds the article or abstract clinically relevant increases the number of stars for that article. Each physician who finds that the article or abstract is not clinically relevant decreases the number of stars for that article. If a physician does not vote on the article, the number of stars does not change. You can customize the sources (journals and meetings) from which you would like to see articles, and you can customize the topics (conditions and drugs) on which you would like to see articles and abstracts. DocGuide subscriptions and alerts are a convenient way to stay ahead by allowing DocGuide to come to you. On the "My Subscriptions <http://www.docguide.com/user/mysubscriptions>" page, you can sign up for weekly updates on the most popular articles in different specialties by clicking on the box next to each specialty. "Colleague Alerts" are emails that are sent to you when someone from your "My Colleagues List <http://www.docguide.com/user/mypreferences> " posts a comment on an article or abstract. DocGuide Daily Alerts are emails with links to the articles and abstracts relevant to your My Topics <http://www.docguide.com/mytopics> and My Sources <http://www.docguide.com/mysources> selections that have been published in the last 24 hours.
Global Family Doctor Alerts
From the the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians. The mission of Wonca is to improve the quality of life of the peoples of the world "by fostering and maintaining high standards of care in general practice/family medicine by promoting personal, comprehensive and continuing care for the individual in the context of the family and the community, encouraging and supporting the development of academic organizations of general practitioners/family physicians, providing a forum for exchange of knowledge and information between member organizations of general practitioners/family physicians, and representing the educational, research and service provision activities of general practitioners/family physicians before other world organizations and forums concerned with health and medical care."
Wonca provides Disease alerts, Journal alerts, and PEARLS - "independent, simple and easy to digest findings from key Cochrane Collaboration Systematic Reviews, focused on the needs of primary care clinicians." You can subscribe to the following RSS feeds:
- Main GFD feed - includes Journal Alerts, Pearls, Español and GFD/World News
- Complete GFD Journal Alerts feed <http://www.globalfamilydoctor.com/GFDFeed_JAs_Full.asp> - limited to Journal Watch, Clinical Reviews, PEARLS and Español content
- Partial GFD Journal Alerts feed <http://www.globalfamilydoctor.com/GFDFeed_JAs.asp> - limited to Journal Watch and Clinical Reviews
- PEARLS (Practical Evidence About Real Life Situations) feed <http://www.globalfamilydoctor.com/GFDFeed_Pearls.asp> - limited to PEARLS
- News feed <http://www.globalfamilydoctor.com/GFDNewsFeed.asp> - limited to GFD/World news content
Journal Abstracts Delivered Electronically
Abstracts from Medline on the emergency medicine delivered by email. You can limit your search by Journal name and by Keywords.
MD Linx Network News and article alerts on different medical specialties. "The company aggregates medical articles and research from more than 1,200 peer-reviewed journals and leading news media on a daily basis. Physician editors sort this content into 35 medical specialty sites, 36 patient sites, and more than 800 subspecialty sections, all available online. Users can choose to view this information online or subscribe to our daily newsletters. " This service is sponsored by pharmaceutical industry.
Medscape Best Evidence
Medscape from WebMD offers specialists, primary care physicians, and other health professionals the Web's most robust and integrated medical information and educational tools. After a simple, 1-time, free registration, Medscape from WebMD automatically delivers to you a personalized specialty site that best fits your registration profile. Specialty-focused newsletters (free registration with Medscape required):
- Medscape Daily News
- MedPulse (weekly) - Latest medical news and feature stories - customized by specialty
- Best Evidence (weekly) - Clinical journal articles ranked by McMaster University's online rating of evidence to support evidence-based clinical practice - customized by specialty
- Breaking Conference News - Important developments and news from the show floor of medical conferences
"The PeerView Institute is an organization that helps physicians quickly identify science that is Need-to-Know. The 290,000 physician members of the PeerView Institute achieve this goal by using the NTK Science Scoring System <http://www.peerview-institute.org/ntk/ntk.nsf/html/ntkintit.html?open... nt&id=48DDE4A73E09A969852568880078C249> SM and NTK Watch <http://www.peerview-institute.org/ntk/ntk.nsf/signup?openform&id=48DD... 09A969852568880078C249> daily email newsletter. These tools enable physicians to rapidly access the most relevant, Need-To-Know information from the myriad medical publications in circulation today."
NTK Watch is a free daily e-mail newsletter, containing:
- The latest medical literature from over 2,000 peer-reviewed journals;
- A customizable Monitored Therapies tracker, allowing you to closely follow science about the therapies you prescribe most often, and;
- NTK Scored Science - the most important clinical content, as determined by your peers
Physician's First Watch
Physician's First Watch <http://firstwatch.jwatch.org> is your free daily dose of the handful of medical news stories and announcements you need to know about - delivered to your inbox each weekday morning. You can also subscribe to Free weekly e-mails on key research and guidelines in 13 specialties, and free monthly e-mails with the latest on 20 topics from across those 13 specialties. From the publishers of The New England Journal of Medicine.
"MedStream is a collection of dynamic medical information channels that keep you up-to-date on a broad range of journal articles, medical news and research studies. You'll have all of this information conveniently aggregated and delivered directly to your mobile device or desktop PC. With MedStream, you'll always be current on diseases, drugs and drug interactions, product information and recalls, research news, journal articles, government health agency announcements, and more. All of the information in MedStream becomes part of your overall Skyscape service, automatically "SmartLinking" with information from all other Skyscape resources on your mobile device. With this powerful cross-linking you can quickly and easily access any related disease and diagnostic topics across your entire mobile reference library to support clinical decision-making at the point of care. Skyscape's MedStream software is available for free.
Free MedStream subscriptions
- MedWatch - Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program for drugs and other medical products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- CDC Spotlights - Updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) with the latest information on potentially rapidly-spreading infectious diseases.
- Preventing Chronic Disease - A peer-reviewed electronic journal established to share study results and practical experience on chronic disease prevention and health promotion.
- MEDLINE - MEDLINE search service offers you the ability to easily search the extensive and up-to-date PubMed/MEDLINE database from the National Library of Medicine and store that valuable content right on your PDA. PubMed/MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from more than 6000 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 other countries.
Journal articles about alert services
Strayer SM, Shaughnessy AF, Yew KS, Stephens MB, Slawson DC. Updating clinical knowledge: An evaluation of current information alerting services. Int J Med Inform. Volume 79, Issue 12, December 2010, Pages 824-831
"Clinicians are overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of new clinical information that is available on a daily basis. Despite the availability of information tools for finding this information and for updating clinical knowledge, no study has examined the quality of current information alerting services. We developed a 7-item checklist based on the principles of evidence-based medicine and assessed content validity with experts and face validity with practicing clinicians and clinician researchers. A list of clinical information updating tools (push tools) was generated in a systematic fashion and the checklist was used to rate the quality of these tools by two independent raters. Prior to rating all instruments, the raters were trained to achieve good agreement (>80%) by applying the checklist to two sets of three randomly selected tools. Eighteen tools were identified using our systematic search. The average quality of these tools was 2.72 (range 0-7). Only two tools met all suggested criteria for quality". Free access through HINARI.
Tanna GV, Sood MM, Schiff J, Schwartz D, Naimark DM. Do E-mail Alerts of New Research Increase Knowledge Translation? A "Nephrology Now" Randomized Control Trial. Acad Med. 2011 Jan;86(1):132-138.
"As the volume of medical literature increases exponentially, maintaining current clinical practice is becoming more difficult. Multiple, Internet-based journal clubs and alert services have recently emerged. The purpose of this study is to determine whether the use of the e-mail alert service, Nephrology Now, increases knowledge translation regarding current nephrology literature. Nephrology Now is a nonprofit, monthly e-mail alert service that highlights clinically relevant articles in nephrology. In 2007-2008, the authors randomized 1,683 subscribers into two different groups receiving select intervention articles, and then they used an online survey to assess both groups on their familiarity with the articles and their acquisition of knowledge...An e-mail alert service of new literature improved a component of knowledge translation-familiarity-but not knowledge acquisition in a large, randomized, international population." Free access through HINARI.
URL: http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/pages/articleviewer.aspx?yea... issue=01000&article=00037&type=abstract
Grad RM, Pluye P, Mercer J, Marlow B, Beauchamp ME, Shulha M, Johnson-Lafleur J, Wood-Dauphinee S. Impact of research-based synopses delivered as daily e-mail: a prospective observational study. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2008 Mar-Apr;15(2):240-5 "We conducted a prospective observational study to (1) determine usage and construct validity of a method to gauge the cognitive impact of information derived from daily e-mail, and (2) describe self-reported impacts of research-based synopses (InfoPOEMs) delivered as e-mail. Ratings of InfoPOEMs using an Impact assessment scale provided (a) data on usage of the impact assessment method, (b) reports of impact by InfoPOEM and by doctor and (c) data for analysis of construct validity of the scale. PARTICIPANTS were family physicians or general practitioners who rated at least five InfoPOEMs delivered on e-mail. For each InfoPOEM rated, 0.1 continuing education credit was awarded by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Use of the impact assessment scale linked to a daily InfoPOEM was sustained during the 150-day study period. 1,007 participants submitted 61,493 reports of 'cognitive impact' by rating on average 61 InfoPOEMs (range 5-111). 'I learned something new' was most frequently reported. 'I was frustrated as there was not enough information or nothing useful' was the most frequently reported negative type of impact. The proportion of reports of 'No Impact' varied substantially across individual InfoPOEMs. Impact patterns suggested an 8 or 9-factor solution. Our Impact assessment method facilitates knowledge transfer by promoting two-way exchange between providers of health information and family doctors. Providers of health information can use this method to better understand the impact of research-based synopses. Sustaining current practice and increasing knowledge about new developments in medicine are important outcomes arising from research-based synopses delivered as e-mail, in addition to practice change." Free full-text.
Related AIHA links:
Health Resources Digest, July 2007 - Medical Podcasts
Health Resources Digest, November 2008 - Medical News and Alerts
Internet Resources Digest Forthcoming Topics [Provisional]
- EBM Journal Clubs
- PDAs for Clinical Use
- Social Media for Health Care
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Compiled by Irina Ibraghimova, PhD
Library and Information Management Specialist
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