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

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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  • 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. Agenda
    • Introduction
    • Goals for the workshop
    • Review of tools: myNCBI; Google
    • Questions
  • 3. Objectives
    • Understand what are the options for professional information alerts and current awareness services and how these work
    • Review two free examples of these services , each using a different conceptual approach
  • 4. Why to stay up-to-date?
    • Many studies show that it is hard for practicing professionals to stay up to date with new research
    • 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. “
    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. Why to stay up-to-date?
    • 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:
    • “ 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….”
    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. Why to stay up-to-date?
    • Staying current in your area of practice would:
      • Help you implementing the latest evidence into your practice
      • Provide better care for your patients
      • Raise the profile of the profession with insurers and governments (WCB, ICBC, etc.)
  • 7. The Tools
    • Today, I will introduce you two tools that might enhance your professional staying-aware capabilities:
      • U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) “My NCBI” – [ www.pubmed.gov ] for medical literature
      • Google Alerts [ http:// www.google.com /alerts ] – for general information
  • 8. Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI
    • Using freely available PubMed myNCBI you can:
      • Receive alerts about new articles published in your area of expertise
      • Receive table of contents of your favorite journals (if indexed in PubMed)
      • Save selected abstracts of articles into your collections
      • And much more…
  • 9. Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI
    • Open a free account with PubMed myNCBI
    • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez
    • Do provide email address if you want to receive email alerts
  • 10. Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI
    • You can use PubMed myNCBI to stay up-to-date with your specific area of expertise or interest
    • Step #1 – Run your searches in PubMed in either of the two ways:
      • Quick and dirty way – just type your keywords in (Google style)
      • Use Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) to do exhaustive and focused searches (that we covered in our workshop- “Mastering PubMed for Physiotherapists”)
  • 11. Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI
    • 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
  • 12. Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI
    • Step #2 – Click on “ Save Search ” to subscribe to any new studies published from now on about this topic
  • 13. Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI
    • Step #3
      • Select to receive email updates of new search results
      • Select the frequency of the updates: daily, weekly, monthly
      • Assign a meaningful name to your search
      • Select HTML as email format
      • Click on “okay”
      • You are done 
  • 14. Professional Information - PubMed myNCBI
    • Click on myNCBI to view all your alerts and personalized services in one place
  • 15. Table-of-contents service from My NCBI
    • You can also use myNCBI to get alerts about any new articles published in a specific journal (if it is indexed in PubMed)
    • Steps :
      • Search for a journal in PubMed (under “ Journal Database ”)
      • Select the checkbox on the left hand on the journal name
      • Click on “Send to” drop down menu and select “ Search Box with OR ”
  • 16. Table-of-contents service from My NCBI
    • Steps (cont.) :
      • 4. Click on “ PubMed Search ” button to see anything published in this journal till today
      • 5. Click on “ Save Search ” link and repeat the saving procedure we covered for subject alerts
      • 6. From now on you will be notified about anything new published in that journal
  • 17. General alerts
    • 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…
  • 18. Google Alerts
    • 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.
  • 19. Google Alerts
    • You don’t have to have a Google Account to set up an alert (however, Google account adds more functionality)
    • Using some commands you learned earlier in our Google workshop – "Mastering Google for Physiotherapists“, create a precise search in Google
    • 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
  • 20. Google Alerts
    • Steps :
      • Type your search terms in, preferably using some Google search commands
      • Select the type of alert you want – choose comprehensive to be notified about new appearances in blogs, news and webpages
      • Select the frequency of alerts (I usually prefer to receive those once a day)
      • Type your email address in
      • Click on “ Create Alert ”
      • An email will be sent to your email account
      • Confirm that email and you are done!
  • 21. Google Alerts
    • It is easy to edit and sharpen your alerts from your Google account and see them all in one place.
    • Open a free Google account here >> https://www.google.com/accounts/NewAccount
  • 22. Other Alerts
      • Yahoo is another excellent alerts service, providing very similar free alerts - http:// help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/alerts /
  • 23. Online Tutorial
    • Coming up soon on the blog…stay tuned…
    • http://weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/physio/
  • 24. Contact info:
    • Eugene Barsky
    • Physiotherapy Outreach Librarian
    • Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
    • University of British Columbia
    • 1961 East Mall
    • Vancouver, BC
    • Phone: (604) 827-4088
    • Fax: (604) 822-9122
    • Email: [email_address]
    • MSN: [email_address]
    • Blog: http:// weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/physio /
    • Web: http:// www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca /

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