1. Technical issues: preparing your browser, MyNCBI, and Scholar
2. Search strategy
General medical factoids
- Google is ok to use
- Example: What class of medicine is pioglitazone?
General medical questions
Use something similar to the 6S model
. Note the sequence:
The basic concept of this model, that MEDLINE should be last, has been validated by https://pubmed.gov/17082828
which concluded this strategy is not more thorough, but seems faster.
- Drug interactions. Use the interaction checker just below the search box on UpToDate's new search page
- P450 interactions. Use the tables at Indiana's Centers for Education & Research on Therapeutics (CERTs)
- Example: which beta-blocker should you avoid in patients on methadone?
3. Search terms are hard to use! Alternatives to traditional, boolean searching
1. PubMed vector searches ('Find related data' searches)
- Only available on the Legacy PubMed
- Execute a 'Find Related Data' search in PubMed
- Example using two RCTs of steroids for sepsis (PMIDs: 29490185,29347874)
- Execute a 'Find Related Data' search in PubMed. The first two results are the same two articles. Is the third article relevant?
- Use PubMed's advanced search to repeat the Related Data search, but limit the results to those with random* in the title or abstract.
2. Cited reference searches
4. Example searches
Use an alert service rather than journal TOCs (except maybe the Annals and NEJM)
(you do not have to read everything that comes to you)
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