STAT!Ref Blog

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Clinical Questions

One challenge I’ve faced in developing evidence-based practice classes and tools is coming up with appropriate clinical questions to use for examples.

NLM has a tool to help with this challenge: a databank of clinical questions, at

The ClinicalQuestions Collection is a growing repository of questions that have been collected from healthcare providers in clinical settings across the country. The questions are submitted by investigators who wish to share their data with other researchers. The database stores only questions; it does not contain the answers to these questions. The site does not make judgments about the validity or appropriateness of these questions, but rather serves as a repository of questions for others to study and analyze. We hope that this collaborative process will generate a rich set of varied healthcare provider questions, thereby fostering additional research in this area. 

— About Clinical Questions Collection 

The collection is searchable and browsable.  Search options include limiting by specialty (Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Practice), patient sex or age group, and disease or condition.

Update: In February 2010, I was advised that the link to the database was broken. On checking with the NLM Helpdesk, I’m told that the Lister Hill Center is no longer supporting this database. The Clinical Questions Collection is now archived behind the firewall and no longer available to the public.


iPhones & Medicine

Dr. Schwimmer at Tech Medicine reports that Epocrates is coming to iPhone, with some features that are unique to this handheld device. Epocrates on iPhone will include a pillfinder feature — a way to identify pills from their shape and color, with images to help confirm the identification. The application store for third-party iPhone software, which allows the use of Epocrates, will go live in June.

Read Dr. Schwimmer’s article and view the YouTube video demonstrating the Epocrates application: iPhone Medicine Watch: Epocrates on the iPhone.

Video tutorials for Cochrane, CINAHL and more

Lake Sumter Community College Libraries has posted several video tutorials on its Databases A-Z page. Of interest to health sciences libraries:

Michigan readers may also find Infotrac Onefile useful. (A number of Gale databases are available to Michigan residents through the Michigan eLibrary subscription; see the Library of Michigan for details, or

James Cason, the librarian who put the CINAHL and Cochrane tutorials together using Camtasia, notes on that keeping up with vendor changes is the biggest challenge in making tutorials.

Also on, Introduction to the Cochrane Collaboration (Slidecast) and CochraneTube — a couple of videos explaining what Cochrane is all about.

Ten Web 2.0 things you can do in 10 minutes

eLearn Magazine’s feature article this week, Ten Web 2.0 things you can do in 10 minutes to be a more successful e-learning professional, suggests quick ways to use Web 2.0 technologies to learn a new skill, discover new resources, share knowledge, build relationships with colleagues, or get more organized.  Here are a few of author Stephen Downes’ suggestions; check out the article for more details and for links:

  • Listen to a conference presentation
  • Record a brief presentation and post it to your blog
  • Find a blogger you read in RSS and go to their website; follow the links in their blogroll/feedroll or listed in their posts
  • Create a slide in Zoho
  • Play an online game with a colleague

 via iLibrarian

Spectrum Health partners with Cerner & Microsoft

Medicine on the Net notes in its March 2008 “New on the ‘net” section that Spectrum Health/Butterworth (Grand Rapids, MI)  has a new system providing about 200 patients with “bedside technology to surf the Internet, communicate electronically with healthcare teams, watch videos, and enjoy movies and games powered by Xbox 360 software.”  The system, called Care Console, was developed in partnership with Cerner Corporation and Microsoft Corporation. 

“Hospital’s patients can surf Web, play video games.” Medicine on the Net 2008 Mar; 14(3): 8-9.  (Link to the Gale fulltext for Michigan readers)

The Medicine on the Net article cites the Detroit Free Press as its source.  I found the press releases more informative, at either of these websites:

Spectrum Health Collaborates with Cerner and Microsoft to implement technologies that empower patients

The system was displayed at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (Jan. 7-10). 

I note, looking through various blogs and online news sources picking up on this announcement, that very few of them emphasize the “games and videos” aspect of the system. 

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

“EBLIP is an open access, peer reviewed journal published quarterly by the University of Alberta Learning Services and supported by an international team of editorial advisors. The purpose of the journal is to provide a forum for librarians and other information professionals to discover research that may contribute to decision making in professional practice. EBLIP publishes original research and commentary on the topic of evidence based library and information practice, as well as reviews of previously published research (evidence summaries) on a wide number of topics.” — from the EBLIP website —

Volume 3(1), just published, includes the articles “Developing a comprehensive search strategy for evidence based systematic reviews” ( DeLuca et al.) and “Improving Customer Satisfaction: Changes as a Result of Customer Value Discovery” (McKnight & Berrington) as well as evidence summaries, news and announcements. One announcement of interest describes a series of online tutorials for “librarians interested in undertaking systematic reviews.”

Find the table of contents and links to the articles at Evidence Based Library and Information Practice: