Open your mobile device web browser and navigate to m.mdconsult.com or mobile.mdconsult.com. You can save the MDC icon to the desktop. Every time you access MDC you will need to login (this has been my experience regardless that it indicates otherwise!). MDC will ask you to reauthenticate your account yearly, to do this you must reassociate your account by logging in to your account from a hospital networked computer. MDC mobile is a subset of the desktop version.Browse by quick reference topics or search on a keyword phrase…
MDC allows you to search for any keyword or phrase, it may map the phrase to one of its QRT’s if available (for example, “loss of appetite” maps to “anorexia nervosa eating disorder”) or it will conduct a search using your keywords. I searched for “sensory processing dysfunction” it did not map it to a QRT but returned results of 5 books
13 clinics and 112 journal articles. I can click on the links to be brought to the fulltext of the article or book chapter (which I will show later). Clicking on the MDCm logo at the top will bring you back to the list of Quick Reference Topics.
To browse by QRT either scroll down or if you already know it type it in the search box. Here’s the QRT for Autism. The results are presented in subcategory groupings for Overview, Signs & Symptoms, Etiology, Diagnosis and so on.
Clicking on a subcategory brings you to that section and lists the pre-selected articles available. These articles are selected by subject experts and may or may not be the most recent publications. Clicking on the link will bring you to the fulltext of the book chapter or article. The fulltext will be “mobile viewing enabled” so it is easy to read on a smaller device screen.
Differences b/t FC & MDC: Except when first activating the app and downloading the content to your device, no username & password needed. Content is stored on your device so it can be accessed even without a data connection (handy in case of major disaster or emergency). Browse or search but if subject is not in FC then have to use a broader term or go to MDC.
Gives menu of sub-categories. Can go to the area that interests you. Difference b/t MDC & FC: Information is bullet pointed, summary form not entire book chapters or articles like in MDC
Diagnosis: very detailed information providing everything you might need to diagnose a specific condition or disease.
Treatment the same detailed information, includes summary of evidence for treatment, questions patients ask, questions a physician or nurse might ask and the answers, what to consider for referring a patient to another specialist
References link to publisher site for fulltext. The library may or may not subscribe to the journal via the publisher site or another vendor. If you are interested in a reference. You can take a screen shot (which I will talk about for today) of the citation and email to the library and we will look it up and order from another library if we don’t subscribe. in the Tips & Tricks.
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MDConsultGo to m.mdconsult.com and Browse by Quick Reference login Topic or search on a keyword/phrase
MDConsult Some keyword searches will be If a QRT, is not available, MDC will automatically mapped to a Quick return search results by formatReference Topic (QRT), if available. (books, clinics, journals)
MDConsult Clicking on the down arrow Click on the MDCm logo to getunder “Search Results” allows back to the Quick Referenceyou to select & view citations in Topic listing. each format.
MDConsultYou can also browse or search Quick Reference Topics are for a predefined Quick divided into subcategories: Reference Topic. overview, signs & symptoms, etiology, etc.
MDConsult Full-text is “mobile enabled” for easy reading on smaller device screens.Click on the subcategory to get the full-text of articles or book chapters selected based on relevancy by MDCs subject experts.
Now let’s take a look at… FirstConsultAfter initial activation & download, no Browse or search for alogin is necessary for accessing FC. predesignated condition or disease.Content is stored on the device so it If no results then use broader term or can be accessed even w/o a data try keyword search in MDC. connection.
FirstConsult FirstConsult divides topics into subcategories.Information is in summary form rather than articles/book chapters.
FirstConsult Clinical Presentation Symptoms/Signs Associated Disorders Differential Diagnosis Workup Guidelines (w/links) Questions to Ask Examination Summary of Tests/Order of Tests Tests/Special Tests Clinical Pearls Consider ConsultThe summary under each section gives detailed point-of-care information. The Diagnosis summary includes all aspects of diagnosis including: differential diagnosis, links to guidelines, information on tests, etc.
FirstConsult Goals Therapeutic options Guidelines Order of therapies Efficacy of therapies Summary of evidence Management in Special Circumstances Patient & Caregiver issues Questions Patients Ask Follow-up Ask for Advice (Q & As a clinician might ask) Consider ConsultThe Treatment section provides information on summary of the evidence,questions patients ask and what to consider for referring to a specialist to highlight a few.
FirstConsultSummaries for Outcomes & Prevention are also provided.
FirstConsultUnder Resources, references link to a Pubmed record or the publisher site. The library may or may not subscribe to the journal via the publisher. Because links go to external source (publisher site) articles will not be “mobile enabled” for easy viewing.
MDC vs. FC Comparison MDConsult: FirstConsult Can use on any mobile A downloaded app that works on device that is web enabled iPhone/iPad/iPodTouch (not for (not an app) Android ) Need to login every time Except for initial activation and to Content stored on the web download updates, don’t need to (cannot be accessed w/o login every time you use data connection) Content stored on your device Links to fulltext of journal (good for when no data articles, books & clinics – connection is available) formatted for viewing on a Gives full information in summary mobile device format for each Browse/Search for disease/condition. predesignated topics + allows Links to articles under the searching for keyword Resources section . Fulltext of phrases not in the articles may/may not be predesignated list accessible & may not be formatted for mobile viewing. Can only find information on predesignated diseases/conditions. If not finding what you are looking for use a broader term or search MDC.
Not a Clinician? Reasons to DownloadFirstConsult/MDConsult for Non-Clinicians… Resources section (FC) Topics found on common often lists leading ailments: Associations websites where Sprains & fractures (MDC) you can find Patient Headaches (FC) Education materials on Insect/spider bites/stings specific disease/condition (FC) Some entries have Patient Snake/reptile bites (FC) Education information Back pain (MDC, FC) available and/or links to websites. (FC) Altitude sickness (FC) Heat Stroke (MDC) In a major disaster, your mobile device can be a Childhood Immunization source of information for schedule (FC) clinicians if data connections Flu (FC) are down (FC). Lice (FC) Be a better patient, research Motion Sickness (FC) your disease/condition to ask better questions at appointments.