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Tips for Clinicians
Written by Barbara Wood   
Monday, 01 April 2013 19:00

 

Evidence-based, Point-of-Care Resources at Calder Library

 

The Calder librarians understand that students and clinicians are very busy people.  They also know that it can be tempting to use Wikipedia or Google for background information and when there is not time to research the primary literature to find the best evidence, critique it, and apply it to patients.  The Librarians suggest that you explore two point-of-care resources that can make life easier by providing quick access to trustworthy information, and are available at the Calder library homepage.

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Calder Librarians like both of these products and think that the UM medical students and clinicians will too.  Since Calder Library provides access to both products, you can choose which one best suits your searching style and clinical needs.  The chart below summarizes the pros and cons of each of these point-of-care tools.

 

Feature

DynaMed

UpToDate

Updated

Daily

3 times yearly

Mobile Access

Yes

UMMSM Wireless Network/On campus only

Evidence Reporting

Evidence levels for all information

Evidence levels for 35% of topics

Number of Topics

3,200

9,500

Drug Compendium

AHFS (American Hospital Formulary Drug Service)

Yes/ Lexicomp drug database

Graphics

Yes

Yes

Journals Monitored

500

430

Levels of Evidence

Yes, in descending order

Not all graded for EBM

Model

Critically appraised evidence based medicine

Peer reviewed expert author

Format

Bulleted list

Narrative

Evidence Based Medicine

Conclusions based on evidence systematically identified, selected, and evaluated from the literature.

Topic reviews from subject experts evaluated by physician editors for accuracy, and completeness. Beginning to grade for evidence.

A recent study states that "the updating of point of care information summaries should be evaluated bearing in mind that these online tools are largely intended to be used by an audience sensitive to brand new information. Please refer to http://www.bmj.com/highwire/filestream/396187/field_highwire_article_pdf/0.pdf