App Review: BMJ Best Practice

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Name: BMJ Best Practice

Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group

Devices: Smartphones and tablets with Android OS 4.2 or later and iPhones and iPads with iOS version 7.0 or later. We tested this app on an iPad.

Available from: iTunes App Store or Google Play.

Price: Free.

Available to SGUL students and staff only. Details on how to access the full content are included at the end of the post.

Type of information: Point of care, clinical decision making support tool.

For: UK healthcare professionals and healthcare students.

Main Pros: This new version of the app (released in 2017) requires substantially less storage on your device. Content is available offline after the initial download so it can be accessed at any time. Condition summaries contain links to relevant guidelines and papers. Daily content updates and the CME/CPD tracker can help keep you up-to-date in your chosen specialty.

Main Cons: A personal subscription is necessary for those without institutional access. Savings in storage capacity have been made by not including images in the downloaded data – they are now only available when using the app online. Initial search function was quite basic, but this has been addressed in a recent update.


BMJ Best Practice provides access to reliable information and guidance on hundreds of medical conditions that can be used to support you in clinical decision-making. This companion app to the web version of BMJ Best Practice is designed to be used on the move and after an initial download, content can be accessed when offline, which is particularly convenient if you are unable to connect to Wi-Fi.

This new version of the app will be familiar to anyone who has used it before, with the majority of changes being cosmetic and offering a cleaner, more responsive experience. New users should find the app intuitive and easy to navigate. The home screen offers a simple layout with a central search bar, and the icons at the bottom of the screen allow you to browse by speciality; browse the available calculators or quickly locate information you have recently or commonly referred to.

Condition summaries are broken down into sections and subsections, such as ‘Diagnosis’, ‘Treatment’ and ‘Management’ or you can use the ‘Highlights’ section for a quick summary and overview. This highlights section will also link to related conditions, or to clinical guidelines where appropriate. Each topic has a ‘Last Updated’ date underneath the heading so you can be sure the information is current and you can browse through all of the sections by swiping from right to left, or by using the back button to choose a different section. This is especially helpful in longer, more complex entries.

Where necessary, summaries will contain links to relevant guidelines, resources and articles which will then open in your device’s browser when connected to the internet. You can explore these as you read, or refer to the ‘Resources’ section for the full reference list. Links to the full-text of an article will also appear if the article or study features in a journal that the Library subscribes to.

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Download Instructions (for SGUL staff and students)

[PDF instructions available here]

  1. Create a ‘My Best Practice’ personal account on the BMJ Best Practice website (http://bestpractice.bmj.com/) whilst using either a computer in the Library Computer Rooms; a Library laptop; or using a device connected to the St. George’s eduroam WiFi network.bmjlogin
    Remember the email address and password used to create the account.
  2. Download the app from the iTunes app store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).
  3. Launch the app. When asked to log in, use the same email address and password you used to create your My Best Practice account.
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  4. The app content will automatically begin to download. It will take about 5 minutes on a good WiFi connection.

Remember!!
Your subscription must be renewed every six months by logging into your My Best Practice personal account on the BMJ Best Practice website http://bestpractice.bmj.com/ using either a computer in the Library Computer Rooms; a Library laptop; or using a device connected to the St George’s eduroam WiFi network.

If you experience any difficulties in downloading the app, or need any assistance in using it, email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk

All review of mobile resources are subject to the St George’s Library Disclaimer, please take the time to read it carefully.

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DynaMed Plus – now purchased

dynamedplus_banner_landingAfter a successful trial, the Library has purchased a subscription to DynaMed Plus.

DynaMed Plus provides quick access to synthesised evidence on thousands of clinical topics to help you make informed decisions.  Topics are updated daily as new evidence becomes available and it aims to provide objective analysis in an easily-digestible format. You can also download the DynaMed Plus app to use offline on your phone or tablet.

Access via our Databases A – Z  pages on the Library website: http://libguides.sgul.ac.uk/az.php?a=d

See our <PDF on how to download and access the Dynamed+ App>

BMJ Best Practice app – new version released (available to SGUL staff and students)

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A new version of the BMJ Best Practice app is now available to download for free from the Google Play and Apple stores. If you’ve been using this popular app, you’ll need to download the new version soon to continue using it, as the older version will shortly stop being updated.

Instructions

1) Activating your account

To keep using the app, you’ll need to re-authenticate your Best Practice account from the SGUL campus at least once every six months.

You can do this by visiting the Best Practice website in one of three ways:

  • using a desktop computer in the SGUL computer room
  • using a Library laptop
  • using your phone while onsite at St George’s, University of London (making sure it is connected to Eduroam WiFi network).

Log in to your Best Practice personal account, and you’re done!

New user?

Register for a personal account for free if you haven’t done so before. Make sure to remember the email and password you choose – you’ll need them at the next stage.

2) Setting up the app

Download the app from the Google Play or Apple Store. Be sure to pick the 2017 version.

The first time you open the app, you’ll be asked to log in with your Best Practice personal account username and password. As a logged in subscriber, the full content will now start downloading to your device.

The new app

Changes in the new version have slightly altered the overall feel and navigation of the app, but if you’ve been using the old version it should quickly feel familiar. Just as before, it’s essentially a mobile version of the BMJ Best Practice website, and the content and organisation are unchanged.

Key changes:

  • The new app and data will take up less storage space on your device – 226 MB, compared with 610 MB for the old version. It took us less than five minutes to download all the data on a strong internet connection.
  • Some of this space has been saved by not including images in the downloaded data. You can still view images in the app, but you must be using it online.
  • Navigating the content should be a little easier with longer entries now managed through submenus, giving a quick overview of the section and allowing you to click straight through to the part that interests you.

Screenshots of new app layout – differential diagonosis

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Screenshot of old app layout – differential diagonosis

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You can read our review of the original app on our mobile resources blog.

 

Evidence based healthcare resources

BMJ Case Reports

BMJ Case Reports is an international, peer reviewed collection of over 13,500 clinical cases covering all disciplines for clinicians and researchers.

Search by keyword or browse by specialty to find clinically important information on common and rare conditions, or subscribe to the RSS feed to receive updates on latest articles, most read articles or new blog posts.

Access is available to NHS staff via their NHS OpenAthens account (self-register here), and to SGUL staff and students via their university login details.

If you have an interesting case, you can receive peer reviews and rapid publication by submitting it for inclusion to BMJ Case Reports Journal. See the BMJ website for submission templates and full details on how to submit your case.

For more information about the SGUL subscription, or to obtain the institutional fellowship code, contact journals@sgul.ac.uk.

Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin

Independent of the pharmaceutical industry, Government and regulatory authorities, each article in the DTB has been evaluated by a wide range of specialist and generalist commentators.

By providing rigorous, unbiased assessments and recommendations of drugs and other treatments for diseases, this journal can be relied upon by doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who are looking to make evidence based decisions to ensure their patients receive the best possible care.

Access is granted via Shibboleth for SGUL staff and students, and via OpenAthens for NHS staff.

DynaMed Plus SGUL trial extended to Feb 2017

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DynaMed Plus SGUL trial now extended to 28 February 2017. DynaMed Plus provides quick access to synthesised evidence on thousands of clinical topics to help you make informed decisions.  Topics are updated daily as new evidence becomes available and it aims to provide objective analysis in an easily-digestible format. You can also download the DynaMed Plus app to use offline on your phone or tablet.

Why not try it today? DynaMed Plus SGUL trial offsite access – log in using your SGUL username and password. See our PDF on how to download and access the Dynamed+ App

Email liaison@sgul.ac.uk with any comments on DynaMed Plus.

The NHS Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) has changed!

A new version of the HDAS interface for searching databases like Medline and CINAHL, available via OpenAthens, has been launched.  Many of the search functions will remain unchanged, but there are some new features and processes (including how to edit, limit and save your search).

We are in the process of updating our library webpages with videos and guides on how to use the new interface, but in the meantime you might find it useful to look at the series of help videos created by NICE.

Please note that you can still choose to use the old version for the moment, but this is due to be switched off by the end of the year.  We will let you know when a date has been finalised.

As always, if you require any help with using the databases or want to brush up your literature searching skills, please book on to one of our training sessions or email liaison@sgul.ac.uk to book a 1:1 session with one of your librarians at a time that suits you.

DynaMed Plus pop-up stall 3 Nov 12-2pm

On Thursday 3 November 12-2pm, we are setting up a pop-up stall to tell you all about the Dynamed Plus Trial for  SGUL staff and students.  Come along to find out more about Dynamed Plus and the mobile app version. We can give you a hands on demo of this useful evidence based clinical decision point of care tool that is similar to BMJ Best Practice and UpToDate.

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If that is not enough of a draw, we will also have cupcakes.

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