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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Mantenerse actualizado

St. Emlyn´s - September 30, 2015 by Natalie May
"...There’s a real problem with information overload in medicine. Keeping up to date can feel like trying to hold back the sea – you get through the big wave and there’s another right behind.
Let’s look at the size of the problem – no-one is really sure how many journal articles are published each year, let alone how many are relevant to Emergency Medicine. What we do know is that there are a lot; a study published in 2005 looked at medline published articles up to 2003 and found the annual number of MEDLINE articles increased 46%, from an average of 272,344 to 442,756 per year, and the total number of pages increased from 1.88 million pages per year during 1978 to 1985 to 2.79 million pages per year between 1994 to 2001.
Now, assuming that there has been no increase in the number of annual publications since 2003 and that 1% of articles are relevant to EM that would mean 85 articles per week which, on a consultant 8/2 contract where 4hrs CPD time are paid, that would mean 21 articles per hour or an article every 2.8mins to stay up-to-date during work time.
But the numbers aren’t static – it’s estimated that the volume of published scientific research is currently doubling every 9 years. 
That sounds like a lot to me.
So we need help. We can’t do it alone. And there are a couple of strategies we can employ to get the balance. The first point I want to make on that front is this – social media and FOAM resources can help you with this BUT you need to know what you want and what suits you. So this isn’t a straightforward “do this and everything will be brilliant” talk but I’m going to outline the options for you and hopefully you might find something that works for you.

  • Option 1 – Traditional Journal Club
  • Option 2 – Alerts, Table of Contents, Physicians’ First Watch
  • Option 3 – Online Review
  • Option 4 – RSS Feeds
  • Option 5 – Online Appraisals
  • Option 6 – Twitter
The answer?
No one-size-fits-all. Need some balance and maybe have one core method with others supplementing regularly e.g. feedly with TOCs or twitter & pubmed alerts with feedly follow up regularly."