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    1. 1. Information Overload: Rx for Dental Professionals Elizabeth Kettell,M.L.S. Eastman Institute for Oral Health University of Rochester Medical Center March 2011
    2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Understand the importance of staying informed in your practice </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the concept of information overload </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a plan for keeping up-to-date </li></ul><ul><li>Explore tools to make this process easy </li></ul>
    3. 3. “ I’ve graduated, why do I have to keep learning”? <ul><li>Knowledge becomes outdated quickly </li></ul><ul><li>An awareness of latest research is necessary for patient care </li></ul><ul><li>Patients have access to more information, not all valid </li></ul>
    4. 4. Barriers to Keeping Up-To-Date <ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Too much information “TMI” </li></ul>
    5. 5. Diagnosis: Information Overload <ul><li>2009 to March 2011 – Over 1800 trials published in dental journals. Did you read them? </li></ul><ul><li>Medical information doubles approximately every 5 years </li></ul><ul><li>Internet makes more information available but it is difficult to determine its validity </li></ul>
    6. 6. Treatment: Current Awareness Tools <ul><li>Tools to help you keep track of news and research in your field. </li></ul><ul><li>Tailor to fit your individual needs </li></ul><ul><li>Selected information comes to you, instead of you going out and finding the information </li></ul>
    7. 7. Tool #1: PubMed Alerts <ul><li>Create your own “My NCBI” account . </li></ul><ul><li>In Pubmed, conduct a search on a specific topic </li></ul><ul><li>Set up an alert so you can be notified when something new on your topic is published </li></ul>
    8. 8. Saving Your PubMed Search <ul><li>Make sure you are logged in to your My NCBI account (upper right ) </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct your search and modify as necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Once confident you have a good search, click the “Save Search” link directly above the search box </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the instructions </li></ul><ul><li>For more information, watch this PubMed tutorial at </li></ul>
    9. 9. PubMed Alerts: How they look in your Inbox Sender is “My NCBI” Search Strategy Results Include Citation and Abstract of Article
    10. 10. Tool #2: Journal Tables of Contents <ul><li>Register for email notification each time a selected journal publishes a new issue. The notification will include the table of contents for that issue </li></ul><ul><li>Get started. Find a list of dental journals, with links for registering here </li></ul>
    11. 11. TOC Alerts: View from your Inbox
    12. 12. Tool #3: MDLinx Dentistry <ul><li>Offer email delivery of updates on your specialties of choice </li></ul><ul><li>Employs doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals to review articles on a daily basis. </li></ul><ul><li>After review, articles are sorted by specialty and subspecialty. </li></ul><ul><li>Select your specialties, register for daily or weekly delivery (I recommend weekly) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    13. 13. Tool #4 Google Alerts <ul><li>Much like PubMed, you conduct a search in Google and tell Google to notify you with updates </li></ul><ul><li>You must have a Google account to use this tool </li></ul><ul><li>Also a great way to monitor yours or your practice’s reputation </li></ul>
    14. 14. How to Set Up a Google Alert <ul><li>Go to </li></ul><ul><li>Enter your search terms </li></ul><ul><li>Select your preferences from the drop down menus </li></ul><ul><li>Enter your email address </li></ul><ul><li>Select Create Alert </li></ul><ul><li>Alerts will arrive in your inbox </li></ul>
    15. 15. Tool #5: RSS <ul><li>Instead of: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Googling”, or </li></ul><ul><li>scanning through zillions of webpages, or </li></ul><ul><li>bookmarking pages and never getting back to them, or </li></ul><ul><li>accumulating stacks of papers you plan to read </li></ul><ul><li>or…. </li></ul>
    16. 16. What is RSS?
    17. 17. Getting Started with RSS <ul><li>Register for a Google Reader Account: </li></ul><ul><li>Click on a website’s or blog’s RSS icon to subscribe to the RSS feed </li></ul><ul><li>To read your feeds, log on to Google Reader at your leisure </li></ul><ul><li>More about Google Reader </li></ul>
    18. 18. Some Suggested Feeds: <ul><li>Bibby Library News </li></ul><ul><li>EIOH News </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence based critical summaries from the American Dental Association   </li></ul><ul><li>List of dental blogs selected by Bibby library </li></ul>
    19. 19. <ul><li>Don’t Let Information Overload Bog you Down For more information, consult with your dental information professional: </li></ul><ul><li>Elizabeth Kettell, MLS </li></ul><ul><li>Bibby Library </li></ul><ul><li>Eastman Institute for Oral Health @ University of Rochester Medical Center </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Thank You! </li></ul>