Friday, March 31, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Talking of viagra and hypertension, that is how viagra came about as a treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED). Sildenafil citrate was originally intended (and tested) as a treatment for hypertension. In the early trials one of the side-effects was erections. This accidental discovery got the pharma-people interested and viagra, as a cure for ED, was born....
Something to be said for the instant publishing afforded by blogs ;-)
NOTE: I just used the spell check that is part of the blog - guess what it didn't recognised 'blogs' suggesting 'blocs'....
Monday, March 27, 2006
Sunday, March 26, 2006
- Final specification meeting (sometime next week).
- Web-people to produce specification document including wireframes.
- A robust test version should (!!) be available by mid-May
- Fingers crossed, the beta test version will be made publicly available at the start of June.
- Although free accessible the beta will not become official (for contractual reasons) till September 1st.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Monday, March 20, 2006
"In patients who are totally blind from retinitis pigmentosa and who have erectile dysfunction, do the usual contraindications to viagra apply?"
What's interesting is that viagra is contra-indicated in people with retinitis pigmentosa as it may lead to blindess (or that's the assumption). So what do you do if the person is already blind?
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
- Excellent - 88.3%
- Good - 10.4%
- Average - 1.3%
I tend to view responses other than 'excellent', negatively. So I've tried to look at our answers to questions which have been rated as 'good' or average' to see if there is a trend. There appears to be two main reasons:
- When there is little or no evidence to answer the question. From the users perspective they come to us with an uncertainty and sometimes we can't help. Anecdotally, the lack of evidence can frequently be useful/helpful. However, in a some situations its not as well received - understandably.
- Not comprehensive enough answer. Although only mentioned twice in the 2000+ questions we've answered I guess that might constitute a trend! Our remit is to provide quick responses to the literature. Occasionally we get a GP using us who has already done a good search asking us for information. Unfortunately, they don't tell us what's they've done so we answer it as normal ie give brief information.
Still with less than 2% of people rating us at less than good - we must be doing something right!
Thursday, March 09, 2006
A few posts ago I reported on the mis-spelling frequency on the TRIP Database. I've just been looking at the stats and the most frequently 'mis-spelt' term is 'hypertension' and 'diabetes'. To clarify that, it's not a count of the number of actual times it's been mis-spelt, more the number of different ways it's been mis-spelt - 27 (see side)
These are confirmed mis-spellings in that people have clicked on the 'did you mean: prostate' to confirm spelling correction!
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
The ATTRACT site contains a wonderful counter that counts how frequently an answer has been viewed. The top five being:
1) What are the risks of flying while pregnant?
2) Is there any information on the Novasure system for treating menorrhagia?
3) Should dianette (oral contraceptive pill) only be used for 3 months in treating acne?
4) Should you treat a low Ferritin (<10)>
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Thursday, March 02, 2006
- The American National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
- New Zealand Complementary and Alternative Medicine site (linked to the New Zealand Guideline Group)
- Mayo Clinic 'supplements' (patient information)
- UK Medicines Information have a small section.
We've also been busy adding patient information leaflets (PILS) - from the likes of PRODIGY (their new website launch has resulted in a near doubling of PILs), CancerBACUP and New Zealand Guideline Group's consumer information.
This expansion of PILs is no doubt motivated by the free version of the site. Currently at the planning stage but more than likely they'll be 3 separate searches - clinical information, medical images and patient information. These will be accessible in much the same way as google allows people to switch between searches for 'web', 'images', 'groups' etc. Essentially, a tab link above the search box.