Monday, 23 February 2015

We've updated our guides to using electronic journals, the Cochrane Library and the NICE Evidence Search site

Due to recent changes to the NICE Evidence Search we have completely updated our user guide to the site. The guide shows you how to get the best out of the site, how to use filters to make your search results more precise, as well as covering the other resources available including NICE Pathways, the Clinical Knowledge Summaries and more.

Our guide to using electronic journals has also been updated. It shows you how to find individual journal titles in a number of different ways and how to access the full text articles from any of the titles we subscribe too.

The Cochrane Library site has also been recently upgraded so we have revamped our guide to using this key evidence based resource. Our guide shows you the different methods you can use to search Cochrane, including topic browsing, advanced searching and even using MESH headings to obtain more precise results. It contains useful search tips and screenshots throughout (as do our other guides).

You can also find all of guides we have produced on our web site.

As well as written guides, you can also find support via our training programme, course hand-outs, our video tutorials on YouTube, or by simply contacting us for help.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

February Eyes on Evidence from NICE

Eyes on Evidence is a free monthly bulletin from NICE Evidence Services which reviews significant new evidence as it emerges and what this might mean for current practice.

In the February issue
 you can find:
  • Community based palliative care teams
  • Preoperative chemotherapy for treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer
  • Probiotics to prevent necrotising enterocolitis in preterm infants
  • Surgical safety check lists and short-term mortality
  • Risk of fall injuries in older people with commonly prescribed medicines
  • Effects of inhaled corticosteroids on growth in children and young people with asthma

Monday, 16 February 2015

Changes to the NICE Evidence Service site

NICE have launched a significant upgrade to their Evidence Services site. The site is now more integrated within NICE giving better linkage to NICE guidelines.

The changes include:
  • A new look for the front page
  • More responsive design to get the best from whatever device you are using to access the site, be it desktop PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone
  • Improved download speeds (especially for mobile devices)
  • Relevant NICE guidelines and Clinical Knowledge Summary links displayed along side search results
  • Systematic reviews will be included in the Evidence Search results
  • A clear layout allowing easy access to the BNF, BNFC, Clinical Knowledge Summaries and journals and databases
  • The journals and databases page has been redesigned (although not necessarily improved). The actual HDAS interface remains unchanged
Please contact us if you have any problems with the new site...

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

New ebook: Brukner & Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine

Access it online
We have just added the 4th edition of Brukner and Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine to our ebooks collection on the MyiLibrary platform.

The books covers principles of sports medicine, injuries (with a focus on musculo-skeletal issues), regional problems, particular groups (e.g. younger athletes), the management of medical problems and the more practical elements of sports medicine.

Recommended for anyone working with musculo-skeletal injuries, athletes, or podiatrists.

Like our other ebooks (find them all on our catalogue), you will need an Open Athens password to access the book. If you don't have one you can register online here.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Web site of the month: the Journal of Compassionate Care and BioMed Central

BioMed Central have launched a new open access (i.e. free) on-line title - the Journal of Compassionate Care featuring research and perspectives in this newly evolving field.

There is evidence to suggest that compassion, kindness, empathy and attention to basic needs and dignity have an impact on the speed of recovery from acute illness and the long term management of chronic conditions. The goal of the journal is to promote research and evidence on compassion to improve clinical effectiveness and the quality of health care and it is multidisciplinary in approach and draws on international material.

The journal is one of a suite of open access titles available via BioMed Central including the BMC Series which cover medicine, biology, research and related field.

if you want to stay up to date with a particular title, you can also sign up with your email address to get alerts send directly to you when new articles are published, or with news about the journal.

In total they published 270 peer-reviewed titles and you can can find a complete list of all the journals available here.