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
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?
Health on the Net Code of Conduct HONAssessing the Validity of Information on the Web
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
At the Point of Care
Using DxPlain or PEPID the Internet
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 TSHExercises for Practice
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 PracticeDynamed Exercise
Use FireFox present illness for someone witheMedicine
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.
Select IntroductionExercises for Practice
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