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Written by Marisa MacDonald, Librarian, Library Services

Library Services shares tips and tricks to stay on top of the latest research and evidence.

Most of us would agree that the best practice is an evidence-based practice – one that considers not only clinical expertise and patient values, but also relevant and up-to-date scientific evidence. In reality, most clinicians find it challenging to stay on top of it all, especially when hundreds of new research studies are published daily.

Throughout September, as part of Library Services’ Library Games campaign, we asked Fraser Health: How do you stay up to date with the latest research? We’ve received some great answers, with perhaps our favourite being us! The following are our best bets to stay current without the dreaded information overload.

1) Pare down your email. Get one email periodically or have one place to look.

  • JournalTOCs. “The largest, free collection of scholarly journal Table of Contents (TOCs).” 
  • Read by QxMD. A locally developed app by Dr. Daniel Schwartz, medical director of the Fraser Health Renal Program and internist at the Royal Columbian Hospital.
  • EvidenceAlerts by McMaster PLUS and DynaMed Plus. Email alerts with literature pre-rated for quality and matched to your personal clinical interests.
2) Find someone to do it for you. Get someone else to sort through the latest and greatest.
  • Library Services. Ask us about our What’s New emails (aka Journal Watch). Or request a literature search to focus in on a particular topic or question.
  • UpToDate. Not only are their summaries current, they also produce a “What’s New” section to share important updates.

To learn more, visit our Got Library tutorial on The Learning Hub or book an appointment with the library for a demo. And don’t  forget to enter Library Games, Round 4 by October 6 for the chance to win a $10 coffee card. All Library Games participants will also be entered to win our Grand Prize during Canadian Library Month in October.

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