#AMillionDecisions NHS Pop-up Library: Wednesday 29th November 12-2pm, Ingredients Restaurant

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Every day more than a million decisions are made across the NHS and healthcare sector. Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, there is a responsibility for health services to ensure use of evidence obtained from research to inform these decisions.

#AMillionDecisions is a campaign from CILIP and Health Education England, calling for decisions in the health care sector to be fully evidence based.

In support of the St George’s Trust’s Quality Improvement Week, 27th November – 1st December, we’re highlighting how St George’s Library can help staff make those million decisions evidence-based at our pop up library stall on Wednesday 29th, 12-2pm.

The Library provides a wide range of  free information services with the aim of  providing timely and efficient access to information to underpin quality healthcare provision.

These services range from providing access to high-caliber relevant e-resources and training on how to search for and critically appraise information, to CARES, our Clinical and Research Enquiry Service.

To find out more, visit our pop-up library stall on Wednesday 29th November, 12-2pm, Ingredients Restaurant, Level 1, Lanesborough Wing or join the campaign by sharing your thoughts and experiences on Twitter using the hashtag #AMillionDecisions.

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A Million Decisions

a million decisions logo

Every day more than a million decisions are made across the NHS and healthcare sector. Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, there is a responsibility for health services to ensure use of evidence obtained from research  to inform these decisions.

#AMillionDecisions is a campaign from CILIP and Health Education England, calling for decisions in the health care sectore to be fully evidence based.

During #Librariesweek, we’re highlighting how we can help make those #amilliondecisions evidence-based for our NHS colleagues.  At St George’s Library, we provide a wide range of  free services to support St George’s NHS staff, from access to relevant e-resources and training on how to search for and critically appraise information, to CARES, our Clinical and Research Enquiry Service.

Join the campaign by sharing your thoughts and experiences on Twitter using the hashtag #AMillionDecisions

 

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App Review: DynaMed Plus

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DMP logoName: DynaMed Plus

Publisher: EBSCOhost

Devices: Any iPhone® or iPad® or iPod touch® running iOS 9.3

or higher. Any Android device running Android 4.4 or higher.
The app requires at least 500MB of memory.
Can be authenticated on up to 3 devices per activation link.

We’ve tested this app on an iPhone 6 and an iPad Air2.

Available from: iTunes App Store or Google Play

This app is available to NHS staff and SGUL staff and students.

*Details on how to download and authenticate the app are included at the end of the post.*

Price: Free to download

Type of information: Clinical decision making support tool.

For: doctors and other healthcare professionals at point of care, and healthcare students.

Main Pros: Similar in design, layout and functionality to the web-based version. Content available offline after initial download. Links to full-text supporting articles and guidelines within topic summaries where available.

Main Cons: Requires around 1GB of storage space depending on device. Link to calculators not available on home screen of the app, unlike the web-based version, requires a separate search to access them.

An in-depth look

The DynaMed Plus app is the app version of a point of care resource that St George’s Library subscribes to. It provides access to over 3,400 clinical summaries covering a broad range of specialties and is designed to support healthcare professionals in clinical decision making. It covers the same content as found on the web-based version of DynaMed Plus, with the added benefit of being accessible offline. However, the content can require a fair amount of storage space on your device. The publishers recommend to have a minimum of 500MB free, but in our testing we’ve found the App has required around 906 MB on iPad Air 2 and 1.16GB on an iPhone 6. Presumably this will likely increase as more content is added and updated over time.

In terms of functionality the app is really simple to use and fairly intuitive – it is almost identical in layout and design to the web-based version which presents a nice continuity of usage. The home screen presents you with a search bar and in the top-right hand corner you’ll find a Bookmark icon which houses your previously saved pages, and search history. There is also a settings icon that allows you to change the text size, check for updates to the app and search the help pages, which does require an internet connection.

The search function has an intelligent auto-suggest feature, which will show you your results in the form of topics and searches that match your terms as you type. You can then either review the topic summary directly, or view the search terms instead. Once you are viewing a topic you can scroll through the entire summary as you would a web page, or you can browse by section. How you do this depends on how you are holding your device. In landscape view the section headings can be found on the left of the summary, allowing the user to dip in and out of the topic sections. Holding the device in portrait forces the section headings into a separate bar at the top – you can navigate these by selecting the magnifying glass icon that will appear on the top right of the screen, next to the topic summary heading. There are also other icons in the bottom right of the page that allow you to bookmark the summary, email or print the topic, or make notes if required. If you do any notes to the summary, the empty notepad icon will fill with lines to indicate you have done so.

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Many of the topic summaries provide external links to webpages and supporting articles which will display the article abstract or full-text article if available through an institutional subscription (OpenAthens or St George’s, University of London). Again, despite the app content being available offline you will need to be connected to the internet to access anything linked outside of the app.

Despite being very easy to use, some of the resource’s most useful features are buried within the app somewhat, which is unfortunate. The calculators and decision trees have a direct link in the title bar of the web-version, but no counterpart within the app. They can be found by searching for them, which isn’t as user friendly as a link or icon. This can also be said for the thousands of supporting images the resource has – they can be found and browsed in your search matches, but we felt that embedding them in their own section within the topic summary would make them much more identifiable.

Available to SGUL staff and students

PDF for how to download DynaMed Plus App for SGUL staff and students

Available to NHS Staff

How to download and authenticate the DynaMed Plus app for NHS Staff:

1. Access DynaMed Plus via NHS OpenAthens or the Hospital intranet page

2. Click on the Mobile use – Get the DynaMed Mobile App link under Spotlight.

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3. Enter your email address and click send.

4. An authentication link is emailed to you.

5. Open the email from your device and follow the links to download the app via the iTunes Store or Google Play.

6. When prompted, authenticate the app via the OpenAthens link- look for the Athens link at the bottom of the authentication page.

Note: If you do not tap the authentication link in the email within 48 hours you will need to request a new authentication key from within DynaMed Plus.

7. The DynaMed Plus App opens on your device and begins the initial content download.

Note: It is recommended that you are on a Wi-Fi connection for the initial download of DynaMed Plus content as well as when updates become available. Initial download can take up between 10-30 minutes.

Getting more help

DynaMed Plus have produced this useful video to get you started with DynaMed Plus.

If you need support with your OpenAthens account please contact Stephen Reid sreid@sgul.ac.uk

NHS Staff who are eligible for an OpenAthens account can register here: https://openathens.nice.org.uk/

For training or if you have any questions about access to DynaMed Plus please contact liaison@sgul.ac.uk

 

 

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.

e-Learning for Healthcare now available via OpenAthens

logo_elfhHealth Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) resources are now available via OpenAthens. HEE e-LfH Hub has been added to the list of OpenAthens resources giving users access to a series of online resources free of charge with just a single OpenAthens account.

HEE e-LfH currently offers more than 100 programmes comprising of more than ten thousand e-learning sessions. The programmes cover subjects from audiology to anaesthesia, dentistry to dermatology, electronic fetal monitoring to end of life care, primary care to prescribing, safeguarding children to statutory and mandatory training.

Sessions are developed in partnership with the professional bodies, Department of Health policy teams and other NHS bodies such as NHS England and Public Health England. The programmes aim to support patient care by providing e-learning to educate and train the health and social care workforce.

All content is nationally quality-assured and available 24/7.  The online training sessions enhance traditional learning, support existing teaching methods and provide a valuable reference point. The HEE e-LfH Hub records user activity, enabling users to run reports on all their learning activity and build a transferable life-long learning portfolio. The reports can be viewed online, or downloaded in PDF or Excel formats for use offline.

You can find the new content by going to https://openathens.nice.org.uk/Auth/Login. Log in with your OpenAthens username and password, and click on My Resources in the menu on the left hand side.

To register for an OpenAthens account please visit: https://openathens.nice.org.uk/

For more information about accessing e-LfH resources via OpenAthens visit: http://support.e-lfh.org.uk/get-started/openathens/

 

World Physiotherapy Day

This September 8th is World Physiotherapy Day, a global event that aims to celebrate the role that Physiotherapists play in keeping us well, mobile and independent.

Building on the findings of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) World Report on Ageing and Health, the theme for this year’s event is ‘Add life to years’. As our ageing population continues to grow, (with an expected 2 billion people over the age of 60 by the year 2050) the focus of the campaign is the contribution and cost effectiveness of physiotherapy in healthy ageing.

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To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a collection of resources available from St George’s Library to our support our students and Physiotherapists in practice. We’ve also highlighted some other useful links, including websites, tweet chats and other social media tools that may be useful in supporting Physiotherapists throughout their career.

Click the image below to view the collection:

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You can also explore all of our other curated collections of resources here: https://wakelet.com/@sgullibrary

Milk Matters by Maureen Minchin donated to St George’s Library

On the 13th June 2016, Maureen Minchin, medical historian, health educator, and author of Breastfeeding matters: what we need to know about infant feeding, spoke at St George’s to  dieticians, health visitors, public health, GPs, researchers, IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants), midwives about the science and history of infant feeding. The room was packed and people were enthralled with her delivery of research and evidence showing the inter-generational impact of infant feeding practices. She spoke of the necessity of breast milk for normal human development and how breast milk is the bridge from womb to world. Maureen and the GP infant feeding network (GPIFN) kindly donated a signed copy of her latest book  Milk Matters: infant feeding and immune disorder to St George’s Library.

The two books are available in the Library catalogue, follow the above links to check for availability. Books on breastfeeding are available at call number (shelf mark WS125 in the Library.)