Researching a Topic on Samlib.com : The Medical Library Gateway Our Research Topic/Scenario
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I was told by a colleague that there are portable units and/or methods for clinically assessing a patient for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in their home outside the sleep lab setting. I know a little bit about Sleep Apnea but I need to have a stronger foundation. Then I want to see what the literature reports on these portable units. Where else can I look for information geared to the clinician while seeing what information there is for the layperson?
Click on the Family / Internal Medicine Specialty.
Goldman: Cecil Medicine will be our choice to search for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.It is one of many textbooks in available in MDConsult.
From this textbook we can get just what we need, an overview of the topic. Notice the highlighted terms we used to search the textbook.
Staying in MDConsult we can continue our search in FirstConsult, an Evidence-Based Point-of-Care Tool also providing a knowledge-base.
Again, notice the highlighted terms? A great feature is to be able to go from one MDConsult product to another with the same search!
Take a moment to read the information concerning PubMed and specifically our link to it that you’ll find here.
You’ve clicked on the PubMed link you found and typed in Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Now click the Go button.
There are 11708 “hits” or documents. We need to narrow it down and hone in on our specific topic. Let’s add Ambulatory Setting to it.
Notice by adding another concept we now have 61…quite a drop and more than manageable! We tied them together using “AND” .
Now click on the Limits Tab so we can narrow our results to the Last 5 Years, Human,and English. Let’s see what the 61 results now total.
We are now able to continue our search with the Limits we just set. Click the Go button to see if the Limits have reduced our total results.
The total number of results have dropped to 28. Default for: Display is Summary, Show is 20, and Sort Byhas to be chosen by user.
Unless you are looking for a specific article, the DisplayFormat of Abstract, AbstractPlus, or Citation provide a synopsis of an article.
There are 28 documents to view, the Show default is 20, click on it and choose the next number up which is 50, to view them on one page.
We can now view all the results on the same page, read Abstracts if available, and in chronological order if you choose Sort by Pub Date.
In the Abstract, AbstractPlus, or Citation Display look for the SHS Logo providing immediate full text of the article or the Print Collection Icon.
Notice the SHS Logo and Local Print Icon? This article can be viewed immediately at the desktop or you may come to the library to read it.
Clicking on the SHS Logo took us directly to the article which can now be read/printed in an HTML format or PDF by clicking on that choice.
Here is the PDF which is like having the actual journal page displayed on your computer screen. You can read it or print it all; you decide.
The little checkbox by each article’s number allows you to place it on a clipboard, send to a printer, or email it to yourself or someone.
Here is an article we don’t have available but you would like to read. The highlighted PMID is unique to this item and assists in ordering it.
You’ve done the search, you want to order an article from it. Click Requests, choose Article Request from Request Type Drop-Down Box.
Fill in the form as complete as possible. Remember, the PMID is unique to that article and helps us expedite ordering it for you!
By scrolling down the list you see there is a Sleep Medicine specialty. Click on it and let’s see what it includes.
There are three websites listed under the Sleep Medicine heading.
As you can see, Sleep Disorders is a heading. Go ahead and click on it to see what is made available for the layperson.
The websites listed here provide information on various sleep topics in an understandable format for the layperson.
You’ve done it! And you didn’t even leave your seat!
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Kenneth Willer, MLS