Finding Reliable Clinical Information Online. An Introduction. Nancy Clark, M.Ed. Director of Medical Informatics Education FSU College of Medicine. http://www.med.fsu.edu/informatics/MedicalReferences.asp. Major Competency. Students will
Finding Reliable Clinical Information Online
Nancy Clark, M.Ed.
Director of Medical Informatics Education
FSU College of Medicine
“Textbooks don’t smell as their contents rot, so readers will need to develop alternative crap detectors to avoid poisoning their minds and robbing their patients of current best care.”
David Sackett, MDPioneer of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM)
The half life of medical information is estimated at 5 years.
Which of these sites are accurate?
Which of these sites are reliable?
Which of these sites are up to date?
Which of these sites are not biased?
AMA Guidelines for Medical and Health Information Sites on the Internet
Health on the Net Code of Conduct HON
You will be taught the principles of critical review of the literature in your second year along with Evidence Based Medicine (EBM)
Web Based Medical Information
Answering Clinical Questions
At the Point of Care
Differential Diagnosis Tools
Using DxPlain or PEPID
Patient 35 yr old female
Chief complaint – fatigue, duration 2 months
Other symptoms: throat pain, cold intolerance, weight gain, bradycardia, and constipation,
Add lab: elevated TSH
Disease Quick References
DynaMed (Web and PDA)
eMedicine (Web and PDA)
Harrison’s Practice (Web and PDA)
PDA and Online
Using Dynamed -- Question: What is the typical history of present illness for someone with SARS?
Type in SARS or use alphabetical listing
Exercises for Practice
Using eMedicine - Question: What is the functional anatomy when you have a Rotator Cuff Injury?
Search or browse to Rotator Cuff Injury. Use Sports Medicine article.
PDA and Online
Ponka, D., et al. Top Ten Differential Diagnoses in Primary Care. [Web Resource] U of Ottowa. 2006. Accessed at www.familymedicine.uottawa.ca/
Recorded by FSU CoM Students in 3rd year Clerkships
PDAs to be distributed in August 25-27