Author-Date Citation Style GuideNumbered Citation Style Guide
Evidence on Prognosis
Howard Jackson -- It's not that big of a dealJerry Yung: Jerry & ChuckBrian Martinez -- It's like I'm a Textbook Case!Priscilla Archuleta -- You're all out to get me!Kelly Cernedas -- Far Sunken from the Health Breath of MornCarole Glass -- Under Pressure, Part 1Carole Glass -- Under Pressure Part 2Efran Paligutan -- My Pressure's UpIgnacio Lopez -- I Have to Keep WorkingSebastian Moreira -- View from MaputoDanni Crane: Lost to Follow UpTiffany Smails -- One tough kidSandy Jones -- It’s too painful to writeJohn Harris -- Oooh, my feet!Alma Carlsson -- Oh no, not again!George Mackenzie - Is there any hope?Sam Yorty -- Occam's RazorAlvin Hardy -- Little Blue PillsKarina Johnson -- Menstrual MadnessKelly Robinson -- 15-LoveMarjorie Smith -- Progressive Periodic Pesky PalpitaitonsJohn Dewey -- My Girlfriend Heard a Noise
Evidence on Prognosis
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This year, the focus of the resources and the search tips are about finding quality evidence to answer your questions.  Many of the resources you are familiar with will answer your background questions very well, but for those questions beyond textbooks, you will need to be more particular about the evidence they provide. 

The first step in the search process is ASSESS.  What is the question you have?  What type of question is it?

  • Background Question   For general knowledge look up and are often questions that start with how, what, when, where, or why.  It may also be a quick factual look up question, e.g., what is a normal WBC? what test is used to check thyroid functioning?
  • Clinical Question   These questions are ones that lead to clinical decision making. e.g., what is the best treatment for a patient that adresses her or his specific needs.  Rule of thumb is, clinical questions begin and end with the patient.
  • Drug Question  Often a variation of a background question but with the special twist of being very pharma-centric, e.g., questions about dosing, side-effects, interactions, pharmacokinetics, or look up a disease to find the drugs appropriate for treatment.

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Current Case Resources

Introduction : finding the best sources to answer your question 

The Search Process : an Algorithm for Searching  

Getting to Full-Text Articles in PubMed  

PubMed Tools   



Learn to Use Info Resources

Why bother with these resources when everything is on the internet and findable in Google?

Well, the truth is not everything is in Google and full-text in not always available (thus, library subscriptions and remote access are important).  Life-long learning is a hallmark of the medical profession.  Becoming familiar with the tools to help with that is a tremendous time-saver, and in your career, time will be in short supply.  Here's some advice from Dr. David Sackett:

"Half of what you’ll learn in medical school will be shown to be either dead wrong or out of date within five years of your graduation; the trouble is that nobody can tell you which half – so the most important thing to learn is how to learn on your own."


The Search Process

Your search will always begin with an assessment of your information need and a recognition of the type of question you have.  Your next steps depend upon your assessment.  The following outlines the process of searching.

Searching Decision Tree




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