Friday, May 27, 2016

Isabel Healthcare Symptom Checker Free for Limited Time

Isabel Healthcare uses the symptoms you enter to suggest a list of medical diagnosis possibilities. While it does not provide medical advice, from the list you can read a Wikipedia article on each topic to narrow it down. For a limited time a version is free to individuals with no account needed. It covers about 6000 conditions. 

Isabel was designed by a dad with the intensive care doctors who treated his daughter Isabel during a health crisis. The system can help consumersmake sense of the vast amounts of medical knowledge out there, become better informed and work constructively with your doctor to find the right diagnosis as soon as possible.”

Although no account setup is required, a help manual is linked on the registration page. 

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Finding Tachdjian’s

Question – how do I reach Tachdjian’s online at the hospital?

1. On the main Intranet portal in the pink column on the left, a direct link near the Medical Library website listing.

3. On the "Online Catalog" linking page, top line.

4. On the "Links" page, more information about Tachdjian's.

5. Once you’ve found it, you can save the link to your desktop.

6. For remote users see the Athens home page. Contact the Medical Library for an account. However, there is currently a problem with accessing that title and others from the vendor.

Tips -- a limited number of users can be on at any one time, so be sure to close the page (there's no real "log out" button). If you see an EBSCOhost page, do not try to sign in. Look for the OpenAthens link in tiny print.

The videos are only available in a folder on the public access Medical Library computers. Eventually they will be accessible on the network, and for those who purchase a copy, the scratch off link does include the videos.

Please contact the Medical Library with any questions or suggestions.

Websites Referenced

http://tsrhkids/intranet/#  (many of these are internal only)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Statistics, Cartoons and Clinical Effectiveness

If “statistically significant,” “p-values,” “research spin” and “Cochrane” spark your interest you may like the Absolutely Maybe and Statistically Funny blogs by HildaBastian. A founding member of the Cochrane Collaboration, she currently “works at making clinical effectiveness research accessible as lead for the PubMedHealth team” at the National Institutes of Health. Cartooning has become an effective consumer advocacy tool for Hilda, who describes herself as “scientist, blogger, cartoonist.” A recent interview in NLM In Focus talks about her very interesting background.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

New eBooks Available

Several new eBooks have been added lately by request. Links are accessible in the hospital or via your OpenAthens remote access account. There are limits on how many users can be active at one time, so close when you are done and try later if you cannot get in. If you have any problems with them, please let the librarian know.

Coming soon – full AAOS eBook collection! For remote access contact the library.

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New Online Journals for 2016

Online access is now available for even more of your favorite journals! Use the library’s A to Z list, find links when you search MEDLINE or for remote access many are listed on OpenAthens. Please contact the library if you have any questions or problems with these titles or would like to receive table of contents alerts.

Orthopaedics titles
Clinical Spine Surgery (Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques has changed its focus and name)
JAAOS: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
J ISAKOS: Journal of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery & Orthopaedic Spots Medicine

Nursing titles
Evidence-based Nursing
Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
Journal for Nurses in Professional Development
Journal of Pediatric Health Care
Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Orthopaedic Nursing

Neurology titles
Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology

Administration titles
Journal for Healthcare Quality

Pediatrics titles
Child Development
Child Development Perspectives  
Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development

Websites Referenced

Digital Tools Affect Reading Comprehension

Use of digital tools can affect our understanding of what we read. Researchers Geoff Kaufman and Mary Flanagan found that those who read an article on a computer answered concrete questions better while those who read it from a printout were better able to answer abstract questions. More of those who studied a printed spreadsheet could analyze the statistics to make a decision than those who used the laptop. By specifically adding a task to a written document it was also possible to encourage more abstract or critical thinking in readers. Kaufman said "If I catch myself reading a journal article in a PDF, and I start to get stuck on the details of the methodology, I’ll just go ahead and print it out.” The authors presented at the recent ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

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