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Keeping Up to Date


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A session on building a program for life long learning for Scientific Overviews in Epidemiology, Master of Public Health Program, University of Toronto. April 2010

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Keeping Up to Date

  1. 1. Keeping Up to Date Allison Bell Gerstein Science Library April 8, 2010 [email_address]
  2. 2. Learning Objectives <ul><li>Learn to create and maintain a personal program to keep up to date and enhance professional competence </li></ul><ul><li>Look at options and tools for keeping up to date </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss methods to evaluate information sources </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Client/Patient </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Practical methods for LLL <ul><li>Good current awareness programs are: </li></ul><ul><li>Efficient, preferably AUTOMATED “Set it and forget it ” </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on your highest priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Manageable (you can make time to read what arrives) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Develop a Current Awareness Program <ul><li>Set Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Choose Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate Success </li></ul><ul><li>Re-tool if necessary </li></ul>
  5. 5. First: Set Goals <ul><li>What news do I need to hear in order to do my job properly? </li></ul><ul><li>What news do I need to hear in order to keep up to date with my professional development? </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge gaps </li></ul><ul><li>What am I passionately interested in knowing more about? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Think of some current awareness goals for yourself. What are they?
  7. 7. Second: Develop Activities <ul><li>Browser ‘Favourites’ or Bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Email Alerts </li></ul><ul><li>TOC Alerts </li></ul>
  8. 8. Turn Each Goal into Activity <ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>GOAL: Read everything new that comes out about the Gardasil vaccine </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITY: Set up an automated search or RSS feed in Pubmed for any new articles on the Gardasil/HPV vaccine </li></ul>
  9. 9. Key to Success: <ul><li>Make time in your schedule! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Third: Evaluate Effectiveness <ul><li>Too much? Too little? Bad/no results? </li></ul><ul><li>Missing anything? </li></ul><ul><li>Adjust, then try again </li></ul>
  11. 11. Intro to RSS
  12. 12. RSS: Feed Readers <ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul>
  13. 13. RSS: Feed Readers <ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul>
  14. 14. RSS: Others… <ul><li>Awasu (free online) </li></ul><ul><li>FeedReader (free download) </li></ul><ul><li>NewsGator FeedDemon (plugin for Outlook) </li></ul><ul><li>Choose one that you find easy to use, easy to remember </li></ul>
  15. 15. Add RSS Feeds
  16. 16. Grey Lit/Gov Docs <ul><li>Look for RSS symbol on Government websites… </li></ul>
  17. 17. CDC Emergency Updates
  18. 18. Feeds for Blogs
  19. 19. Automated Searches <ul><li>Perform search </li></ul><ul><li>Look for ‘Save Search’ button </li></ul>
  20. 20. Keeping Current Using Pubmed <ul><li>RSS or Automated Searches </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical Queries (for evidence based results) </li></ul><ul><li>Regular Pubmed search (for all results) </li></ul>
  21. 21. Automated Searches Using Clinical Queries
  22. 22. Create RSS feed or Save Search
  23. 23. Saved Pubmed Search Name it something meaningful
  24. 24. Email Alerts: Pubmed Change the frequency, day of the week, format of delivery to suit your preferences. Your email address here…
  25. 25. PubGet http://
  26. 26. RSS: PubGet
  27. 27. Email Alerts: Evidence Updates http:// /
  28. 29. Email Alerts: Evidence Updates
  29. 30. Email Alert Example
  30. 31. TOC alerts <ul><li>Can be via email or RSS depending on the journal. </li></ul><ul><li>You do not need to subscribe to the journal </li></ul>“ Each feed lists the contents of the latest issue, with article summaries”
  31. 32. TOCs through RSS
  32. 33. TOCs through Email
  33. 34. TicTOCS <ul><li>http:// / </li></ul>
  34. 36. Keeping Current: Where to start? <ul><li>American Journal of Epidemiology </li></ul><ul><li>American Journal of Public Health </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Review of Public Health </li></ul><ul><li>Epidemiologic reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Health Affairs </li></ul><ul><li>International Journal of Epidemiology </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) </li></ul>More titles in the Public Health Research Guide:
  35. 37. Be Picky when Picking Sources <ul><li>Pick professional sources for…. </li></ul><ul><li>Reliability (both content AND schedule) </li></ul><ul><li>Can it deliver in a set-and-forget mode? </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance to your learning GOALS </li></ul>
  36. 38. Critical Evaluation of Web Sources <ul><li>More advertising= be more wary! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pop ups? ‘Scam’ Ads? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Statements of responsibility, credentials </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of content, interface </li></ul><ul><li>How current? </li></ul><ul><li>Personal information collected/used? </li></ul>
  37. 39. What about your clients? <ul><li>Some considerations: </li></ul><ul><li>Pick patient information sources for… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality (reflect latest/best knowledge) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Readability (consider levels, language) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usability/learning styles (Interactive? Print?) </li></ul></ul>
  38. 40. Free Consumer Health Sources <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Toronto Public Library Health Information: http:// / </li></ul>
  39. 41. Questions?
  40. 42. Contact Info <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>