Staying up-to-date with your practice – current awareness for health professionals By Eugene Barsky Physio Outreach Librar...
Agenda <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Goals for the workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Review of tools: myNCBI; Google </l...
Objectives <ul><li>Understand what are the options for professional information alerts and current awareness services and ...
Why to stay up-to-date? <ul><li>Many studies show that it is hard for practicing professionals to stay up to date with new...
Why to stay up-to-date? <ul><li>Another recent study [2] that looked to determine the prevalence of use of interventions w...
Why to stay up-to-date? <ul><li>Staying current in your area of practice would: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help you implementin...
The Tools <ul><li>Today, I will introduce you two tools that might enhance your professional staying-aware capabilities: <...
Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI <ul><li>Using freely available PubMed myNCBI you can: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recei...
Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI <ul><li>Open a free account with PubMed myNCBI </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ncbi....
Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI <ul><li>You can use PubMed myNCBI to stay up-to-date with your specific area of e...
Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI <ul><li>Here is an example of the search for “acupuncture for low back pain”, usi...
Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI <ul><li>Step #2 – Click on “ Save Search ” to subscribe to any new studies publis...
Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI <ul><li>Step #3 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select to receive email updates of new sear...
Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI <ul><li>Click on myNCBI to view all your alerts and personalized services in one ...
Table-of-contents service from My NCBI <ul><li>You can also use myNCBI to get alerts about any new articles published in a...
Table-of-contents service from My NCBI <ul><li>Steps (cont.) : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4. Click on “ PubMed Search ” button ...
General alerts <ul><li>Let’s talk about general alerts now , you can stay up-to-date with any topic – your clinic, your to...
Google Alerts <ul><li>Google Alerts  [ http:// www.google.com /alerts ] is a service offered by search engine company Goog...
Google Alerts <ul><li>You don’t have to have a Google Account to set up an alert (however, Google account adds more functi...
Google Alerts <ul><li>Steps : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Type your search terms in, preferably using some Google search command...
Google Alerts <ul><li>It is easy to edit and sharpen your alerts from your Google account and see them all in one place. <...
Other Alerts <ul><ul><li>Yahoo is another excellent alerts service, providing very similar free alerts -  http:// help.yah...
Online Tutorial <ul><li>Coming up soon on the blog…stay tuned… </li></ul><ul><li>http://weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/physio/  ...
Contact info: <ul><li>Eugene Barsky </li></ul><ul><li>Physiotherapy Outreach Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Irving K. Barber ...
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This is a workshop presented by Eugene Barsky, physiotherapy outreach librarian at UBC to BC practicing physiotherapists during the Summer 2007

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Staying up-to-date with your practice – current awareness for health professionals

  1. 1. Staying up-to-date with your practice – current awareness for health professionals By Eugene Barsky Physio Outreach Librarian Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC [email_address] http://weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/physio/ Summer 2007
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Goals for the workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Review of tools: myNCBI; Google </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Objectives <ul><li>Understand what are the options for professional information alerts and current awareness services and how these work </li></ul><ul><li>Review two free examples of these services , each using a different conceptual approach </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why to stay up-to-date? <ul><li>Many studies show that it is hard for practicing professionals to stay up to date with new research </li></ul><ul><li>In physiotherapy, a recent study [1] shows that: “ The majority of books in the personal and workplace professional libraries held copyrights dating from the time of the participants' enrollment in an entry-level physical therapy program. “ </li></ul>1. Brown, S. R., Roush, J. R., Lamkin, A. R., Perrakis, R., & Kronenfeld, M. R. (2007). Evaluating the professional libraries of practicing physical therapists. Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA, 95(1), 64-69.
  5. 5. Why to stay up-to-date? <ul><li>Another recent study [2] that looked to determine the prevalence of use of interventions with evidence of effectiveness in the management of acute nonspecific LBP by physical therapists, concluded that: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Although most therapists use interventions with high evidence of effectiveness, much of their patient time is spent on interventions that are not well reported in the literature….” </li></ul>2. Mikhail, C., Korner-Bitensky, N., Rossignol, M., & Dumas, J. P. (2005). Physical therapists' use of interventions with high evidence of effectiveness in the management of a hypothetical typical patient with acute low back pain. Physical Therapy, 85 (11), 1151-1167.
  6. 6. Why to stay up-to-date? <ul><li>Staying current in your area of practice would: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help you implementing the latest evidence into your practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide better care for your patients </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Raise the profile of the profession with insurers and governments (WCB, ICBC, etc.) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The Tools <ul><li>Today, I will introduce you two tools that might enhance your professional staying-aware capabilities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) “My NCBI” – [ www.pubmed.gov ] for medical literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Alerts [ http:// www.google.com /alerts ] – for general information </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI <ul><li>Using freely available PubMed myNCBI you can: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Receive alerts about new articles published in your area of expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Receive table of contents of your favorite journals (if indexed in PubMed) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save selected abstracts of articles into your collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And much more… </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI <ul><li>Open a free account with PubMed myNCBI </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez </li></ul><ul><li>Do provide email address if you want to receive email alerts </li></ul>
  10. 10. Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI <ul><li>You can use PubMed myNCBI to stay up-to-date with your specific area of expertise or interest </li></ul><ul><li>Step #1 – Run your searches in PubMed in either of the two ways: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick and dirty way – just type your keywords in (Google style) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) to do exhaustive and focused searches (that we covered in our workshop- “Mastering PubMed for Physiotherapists”) </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI <ul><li>Here is an example of the search for “acupuncture for low back pain”, using Medical Subject Headings and after limiting the results to recent higher level of evidence studies </li></ul>
  12. 12. Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI <ul><li>Step #2 – Click on “ Save Search ” to subscribe to any new studies published from now on about this topic </li></ul>
  13. 13. Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI <ul><li>Step #3 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select to receive email updates of new search results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select the frequency of the updates: daily, weekly, monthly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assign a meaningful name to your search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select HTML as email format </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on “okay” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You are done  </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI <ul><li>Click on myNCBI to view all your alerts and personalized services in one place </li></ul>
  15. 15. Table-of-contents service from My NCBI <ul><li>You can also use myNCBI to get alerts about any new articles published in a specific journal (if it is indexed in PubMed) </li></ul><ul><li>Steps : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search for a journal in PubMed (under “ Journal Database ”) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select the checkbox on the left hand on the journal name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on “Send to” drop down menu and select “ Search Box with OR ” </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Table-of-contents service from My NCBI <ul><li>Steps (cont.) : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4. Click on “ PubMed Search ” button to see anything published in this journal till today </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5. Click on “ Save Search ” link and repeat the saving procedure we covered for subject alerts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6. From now on you will be notified about anything new published in that journal </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. General alerts <ul><li>Let’s talk about general alerts now , you can stay up-to-date with any topic – your clinic, your town, your pet, your profession, your hobby, etc… </li></ul>
  18. 18. Google Alerts <ul><li>Google Alerts [ http:// www.google.com /alerts ] is a service offered by search engine company Google which notifies you (by email or RSS) about the latest web and news pages of your choice. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Google Alerts <ul><li>You don’t have to have a Google Account to set up an alert (however, Google account adds more functionality) </li></ul><ul><li>Using some commands you learned earlier in our Google workshop – &quot;Mastering Google for Physiotherapists“, create a precise search in Google </li></ul><ul><li>In my example, I want to be notified when anything new about arthritis is published on any Canadian federal government websites >> arthritis site:gc.ca </li></ul>
  20. 20. Google Alerts <ul><li>Steps : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Type your search terms in, preferably using some Google search commands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select the type of alert you want – choose comprehensive to be notified about new appearances in blogs, news and webpages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select the frequency of alerts (I usually prefer to receive those once a day) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Type your email address in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on “ Create Alert ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An email will be sent to your email account </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confirm that email and you are done! </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Google Alerts <ul><li>It is easy to edit and sharpen your alerts from your Google account and see them all in one place. </li></ul><ul><li>Open a free Google account here >> https://www.google.com/accounts/NewAccount </li></ul>
  22. 22. Other Alerts <ul><ul><li>Yahoo is another excellent alerts service, providing very similar free alerts - http:// help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/alerts / </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Online Tutorial <ul><li>Coming up soon on the blog…stay tuned… </li></ul><ul><li>http://weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/physio/ </li></ul>
  24. 24. Contact info: <ul><li>Eugene Barsky </li></ul><ul><li>Physiotherapy Outreach Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Irving K. Barber Learning Centre </li></ul><ul><li>University of British Columbia </li></ul><ul><li>1961 East Mall </li></ul><ul><li>Vancouver, BC </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: (604) 827-4088 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax: (604) 822-9122 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>MSN: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: http:// weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/physio / </li></ul><ul><li>Web: http:// www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca / </li></ul>

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