Wednesday, November 10, 2010

VARK - a Learning Style Questionnaire

The VARK website helps you become aware of your own learning style -- Visual, Auditory, Reading/writing, Kinesthetic by offering a free questionnaire and scoring online. That knowledge can translate to offering your patients, students and customers information in formats more appropriate to their own learning styles. The site includes tips on tools to use for each style.

This article discusses the system and other relevant topics such as literacy level and readability:
Hamilton, Sharilyn. How do we assess the learning style of our patients? Rehabilitation Nursing v.30(4):129-131, July-Aug., 2005.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

MEDLINE Now Includes Records from 1946

MEDLINE began as a project covering medical literature citations from 1966 forward. For a number of years NLM has been expanding that backwards, adding data from earlier records along with current subject headings (MeSH) to make the information searchable. Now the OLDMEDLINE subset has expanded back through 1946, adding 20 years to the original MEDLINE database. You will encounter these older records as needed via whichever version of MEDLINE you use (PubMed, EBSCO MEDLINE, or in some cases OVID).

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine is a new exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. The website includes a wealth of information and educational resources and activities. Through it you can explore the contributions these nurses, surgeons, and other health care workers made during the Civil War.

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