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Staying current in healthcare is difficult. Some tips and tricks to do so.

Staying current in healthcare is difficult. Some tips and tricks to do so.

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  • 1. Stop the Insanity: Keeping Current in the (Too Much) Information Age By Jeff Mason, Client Services Librarian RQHR Health Sciences Library, Aug. 16, 2007
  • 2. Goal
    • Show you how to stay current, quickly
      • RSS, and RSS aggregators
      • Podcasts
      • Where to look
      • How to subscribe
  • 3. Importance of Being Current
    • Responsibility of any profession
      • Particularly true in healthcare
      • Maintain expertise
    • Involves
      • Reviewing the literature
        • Periodically and Systematically
      • Critical appraisal
      • Making time
  • 4. Too Much Information
    • Over 15 million articles in PubMed.
    • 10,000-20,000 added each week.
    • Alper et al (2004)
      • ~627.5/month to stay current
        • Only 720 hours in a 30 day month!
    • Popular media
      • Picks up 2-20 health related stories/day
  • 5. RSS
    • Many definitions
      • Really Simple Syndication
    • Means of distribution
    • Increasingly available
      • Blogs
      • Journals
      • Other websites (news services)
  • 6. How RSS Works
    • Refers to how content is distributed
      • Not the content itself
    • Need a program to collect the content
      • RSS Aggregator
        • Google Reader
        • Bloglines
        • Browser-based
    • View partial or complete content via the aggregator
  • 7. Podcasts
    • RSS with Audio/Video
    • Most often downloaded to your computer
    • Need Podcast client
    • Listen
      • On computer
      • On a portable music player (e.g. iPod)
    • Variety of content
      • Amateur  Professional
  • 8. Where to Find RSS Feeds
    • News websites
      • CTV Health News
      • CBC Health News
    • Government sites
      • Statistics Canada
      • CDC
    • Journal websites
      • NEJM
  • 9. How to Subscribe to RSS
    • Choose an aggregator
    • Choose some content
      • Look for RSS/XML links
      • News
      • Government
      • Journals
      • PubMed
    • Create feeds
    • Add to aggregator
  • 10. Subscribing to Podcasts
    • Choose a Podcast Client
    • Many/most subscribe to via iTunes
      • Search iTunes
      • Use links from content provider
    • Look for Podcast icon
      • NEJM
      • JAMA
      • Lancet
  • 11. RSS Resources
    • Aggregators
      • Google Reader: http://www.google.com/reader
      • Bloglines: http://www.bloglines.com
    • News Feeds
      • CTV: http://www.ctv.ca/generic/generated/freeheadlines/freeFeed.html
      • CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/rss/
  • 12. RSS Resources (2)
    • Journal Table of Contents
      • New England Journal of Medicine: http://content.nejm.org/rss/
      • The Lancet: http://www.thelancet.com/online/rss
  • 13. RSS Resources (3)
    • Search Feeds
      • PubMed
        • Do your search
        • Choose the “Send to” drop down menu
        • Choose “RSS” Feed
        • Choose how many items in the feed
        • Cut and paste the “XML” link into your aggregator.
      • You can also create feeds from Ebsco databases/journals.
  • 14. Podcasting Resources
    • Podcast Clients
      • iTunes: http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/
      • Others: http:// www.podcastingnews.com/topics/Podcast_Software.html
  • 15. Podcasting Resources (2)
    • Journals
      • JAMA: http://jama.ama-assn.org/misc/audiocommentary.dtl
      • The Lancet: http://www.thelancet.com/online/audio
      • New England Journal of Medicine: http://content.nejm.org/misc/podcast.shtml