Patient Handouts

David Rothman is developing a Patient Handout Search utilizing Google Custom Search Engine.  The simple design should be easy to use on mobile devices such as tablet PCs.

Printable handouts are culled from free authoritative sources such as UpToDate Patient Handouts, MedlinePlus, Mayo Clinic, Kidshealth.org, and InteliHealth. There are buttons for selecting Spanish language, seniors, low literacy, pediatrics, and large print. Additional languages may be added later.

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Thinking critically about “the evidence”

As a medical librarian, I spend a lot of time with reports of the evidence — studies, guidelines, systematic reviews — upon which evidence-based practice stands.

Recent postings in Dr. Marya Zilberberg’s Healthcare, etc. highlight the need for critical analysis of “evidence-based guidelines” and the studies from which they are built, particularly as the guidelines become the basis for current practice, reimbursement, and our judgment of what constitutes “good medicine.”