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MANUSCRIPT: The effect of training on question formulation among public health practitioners: results from a randomized controlled trial.

Abstract OBJECTIVE: To improve understanding of the information-seeking behaviors of public health professionals, the authors conducted this randomized controlled trial involving sixty participants to determine whether library and informatics training, with an emphasis on PubMed searching skills, increased the frequency and sophistication of participants' practice-related questions. METHODS: The intervention group (n = 34) received

MANUSCRIPT: A survey of the use of electronic scientific information resources among medical and dental students.

Abstract BACKGROUND: To evaluate medical and dental students' utilization of electronic information resources. METHODS: A web survey sent to 837 students (49.9% responded). RESULTS: Twenty-four per cent of medical students and nineteen per cent of dental students searched MEDLINE 2+ times/month for study purposes, and thiry-two per cent and twenty-four per cent respectively for research. Full-text

MANUSCRIPT: Searching bibliographic databases for literature on chronic disease and work participation.

Abstract BACKGROUND: The work participation of people with chronic diseases is a growing concern within the field of occupational medicine. Information on this topic is dispersed across a variety of data sources, making it difficult for health professionals to find relevant studies for literature reviews and guidelines. AIM: The goal of this project was

MANUSCRIPT: Developing optimal search strategies for detecting clinically sound and relevant causation studies in EMBASE.

Abstract BACKGROUND: Evaluating the existence and strength of an association between a putative cause and adverse clinical outcome is complex and best done by assessing all available evidence. With the increasing burden of chronic disease, greater time demands on health professionals, and the explosion of information, effective retrieval of best evidence has

MANUSCRIPT: Management of bibliographic information by Dutch researchers in general practice.

Abstract BACKGROUND: As a result of changes in information technology and the rapid growth of publications methods of searching the literature have changed. Systematic searching of the growing literature has become very important. It is not known whether researchers in general practice search systematically, and whether they have incorporated computerized sources in

MANUSCRIPT: Teaching clinical informatics to third-year medical students: negative results from two controlled trials.

Abstract BACKGROUND: Prior educational interventions to increase seeking evidence by medical students have been unsuccessful. METHODS: We report two quasirandomized controlled trials to increase seeking of medical evidence by third-year medical students. In the first trial (1997-1998), we placed computers in clinical locations and taught their use in a 6-hour course. Based on negative

MANUSCRIPT: The Smartphone in Medicine: A Review of Current and Potential Use Among Physicians and Students

Abstract Background Advancements in technology have always had major impacts in medicine. The smartphone is one of the most ubiquitous and dynamic trends in communication, in which one’s mobile phone can also be used for communicating via email, performing Internet searches, and using specific applications. The smartphone is one of the fastest

MANUSCRIPT: Language, culture and international exchange of virtual patients

Abstract (provisional) Background Language and cultural differences could be a limiting factor for the international exchange of Virtual Patients (VPs), especially for small countries and languages of limited circulation. Our research evaluated whether it would be feasible to develop a VP based educational program in our Romanian institution, with cases in English

MANUSCRIPT: Teachers perceptions of aspects affecting seminar learning: a qualitative study

Background: Many medical schools have embraced small group learning methods in their undergraduate curricula. Given increasing financial constraints on universities, active learning groups like seminars with 25 students a group are gaining popularity. To enhance the understanding of seminar learning and to determine how seminar learning can be optimised it

MANUSCRIPT: WikiBuild: a new online collaboration process for multistakeholder tool development and consensus building

Abstract BACKGROUND: Production of media such as patient education tools requires methods that can integrate multiple stakeholder perspectives. Existing consensus techniques are poorly suited to design of visual media, can be expensive and logistically demanding, and are subject to caveats arising from group dynamics such as participant hierarchies. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to develop