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

 

 

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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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DynaMed Plus- new resource trial until December

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DynaMed Plus is available on trial at SGUL until December 2016. 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.

 

Library <3 Point of Care Resources

Continuing the Library’s new series of monthly promotions – Library Loves – this February we are taking a closer look at Point of  Care Resources – what they are, and what’s available via St George’s Library.Library loves Point of Care Resources

Content
Introduction to Point of Care Resources
Evidence Based Healthcare
DynaMed Plus
BMJ Best Practice
BMJ Clinical Evidence
Pop up library and upcoming training sessions

Introduction to Point of Care Resources

Point of Care Resources refers to a range of resources that are designed to make the latest research and guidance available to healthcare staff/students at the ‘Point of Care’ in order to support their clinical decision making, and enable the practice of Evidence Based Healthcare.

Point of Care in this context simply means any location that is in the vicinity of patient treatment – from the patient’s own home, to the GP’s consulting room or the hospital bedside.

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What is Evidence Based Healthcare?

Evidence Based Healthcare (EBH), also referred to as Evidence Based Medicine (EBM), is the practice of applying high quality, up to date evidence in the process of clinical decision making, alongside the expertise and experience of the healthcare practitioner and the needs of the patient, enabling the most appropriate course of treatment to be identified. Clinical Evidence, one of the resources we will look at in more detail below, includes an excellent introduction to Evidence Based Medicine in their Learn EBM section. There is also an Evidence Based Healthcare section on our Library website, where you can find more information.

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Point of Care Resources at St George’s:

DynaMed Plus – available to NHS staff

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DynaMed Plus is an evidence-based clinical decision support tool. It covers over 3,400 clinical topics, reviewed by doctors, and provides diagnostic information as well as evidence-graded treatment recommendations. Each summary is split into easy to navigate sections, and many summaries will provide external links to supporting webpages and articles, displaying the abstract or full-text article where available. Content is updated daily and users can opt-in to receive alerts on the latest updates in their specialties. The topic summaries provide links to relevant BNF entries, NICE guidelines, Micromedex Drug Content, images and graphics.

Device information: The website is device responsive so can be used in the web browser of any desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile provided you are connected to the internet. There are also DynaMed Plus apps for Android and Apple iOS (iPhone and iPad) – there is more information about the DynaMed Plus apps in our Guide to Mobile Resources Blog.

Access: You can access DynaMed Plus via the following 3 easy routes:

  1. Via NHS OpenAthens (Links are also available from the library’s database page)
  2. Under Clinical Applications on the hospital intranet – (no OpenAthens login required)
  3. Via the DynaMed Plus mobile app (detailed download instructions can be found in this feature from our Guide to Mobile Resources Blog).

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BMJ Best Practice – available to users with a SGUL username and password

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BMJ Best Practice describes itself as ‘your instant second opinion’, bringing together the latest evidence, guidelines and expert opinion on over 900 topics to support your decision making. Topics are arranged in a standardised way including overview, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up sections to mirror the structure of a patient consultation. Each topic also includes a resources section where you can view a full list of references with links to the abstract or fulltext where available, online resources, images and patient information leaflets to support the idea of shared decision making.

Device information: The website is device responsive so can be used in the web browser of any desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile provided you are connected to the internet. There are also BMJ Best Practice Apps for Android and Apple iOS (iPhone and iPad) – there is more information about the BMJ Best Practice app in our Guide to Mobile Resources Blog.

Access: Use the relevant links in the BMJ Best Practice entry on our databases page.

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BMJ Clinical Evidence – available to all users

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The BMJ Clinical Evidence team carry out systematic reviews of the evidence available on each topic, which is then presented in various summarised ways to make the findings easy to access and interpret in relation to clinical scenarios. Each topic includes an overview that also highlights any significant developments since the last review was published, background which includes the definitions of terms and methodology for the review, links to relevant patient information, guidelines and references. However, the key features of Clinical Evidence are the interventions tables and the GRADE tables; interventions tables rank interventions on a scale to indicate how likely they are to be beneficial, while GRADE tables use GRADE (a system developed by the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluations Working Group) to assess the quality and strength of the evidence available for key interventions.

Device information: The website is device responsive so can be used in the web browser of any desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile provided you are connected to the internet. There are currently no apps available for this resource.

Access: Use the relevant links in the Clinical Evidence entry on our databases page.

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Find out more

 

Visit our Pop Up Library – Tues 23 Feb 12-2pm

Outside Ingredients canteen, 1st Floor Lanesborough Wing
We will be showcasing these Point of Care Resources, alongside the rest of the Library’s services and resources.

Evidence Based Healthcare Resources training session – Tues 23 Feb 3-4.30pm

Interested in learning more about Evidence Based Healthcare?
Book a place on our EBH training session.

View the full details of the course on our website
Email: liblearn@sgul.ac.uk to book your place

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