Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I blogged about how painful a process it was, but ultimately worthwhile.
They've just released a case-study of their work with the charity CancerHelp. Well worth a read!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I'm pleased to see that already 96 articles have been approved (clicked on twice!) to form a small sub-set of articles, this includes 20 systematic reviews and 6 guidelines. A sample of document is shown below.
- Guidelines for the prevention of Malaria in South Africa. South African Department of Health
- Intrarectal quinine versus intravenous or intramuscular quinine for treating Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
- Cost-effectiveness analysis of antiretroviral drug treatment and HIV-1 vaccination in Thailand. NHS Economic Evaluation Database
- Efficacy of iron-fortified whole maize flour on iron status of schoolchildren in Kenya: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet
- The use of misoprostol in obstetrics and gynaecology. BJOG
- Cost effectiveness of high-risk HPV DNA testing for cervical cancer screening in South Africa. Gynecologic Oncology
You never know when you launch an initiative if it'll suceed. It's far too early to say if our 'low resource' initiative will - but we couldn't really have expected a better start.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
It's still not clear the advantage of being on Facebook, but it is another medium to connect with people, which is probably reason enough. But, if people are more aware of the potential for TRIP on Facebook - please let us know.
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Sunday, March 21, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
We’re very pleased to announce the launch of the above initiative, generously supported by the BUPA Giving scheme.
We’ve blogged about the above initiative for a while (click here or here). The basic problem being that users in resource poor settings (for example, a rural district hospital in Africa or South Asia) frequently do not have access to the latest health care technologies e.g. the latest diagnostic bit of kit or expensive new medicine. However, much of the evidence is directed at the newer, more expensive, interventions. So, users from these settings have to overcome the additional problem that much of the evidence is not relevant.
As of today under each link on the results page will have a link ‘Developing World?’ If a registered user of TRIP believes the article is appropriate (see definition below) for such setting we encourage them to click on the link. If two separate people click on the link the article is then deemed suitable; these articles will form a sub-set of data in TRIP. Users of TRIP will then be able to search TRIP and then (via a tick box at the bottom of the ‘Filter your search’ box) be able to select only those articles in the subset.
We encourage TRIP users to get involved by either tagging articles or to help spread the word of this project!
A few additional pieces of information:
The term ‘Developing World’ is problematic and controversial. We have used it as it is a widely recognised term which we hope will aid adoption, the reality is that the alternative ‘Low resource?’ carries less meaning. However, we welcome input on the term used (send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org).
The working definition of an article suitable for this initiative is ‘any clinical evidence that can be implemented in primary care and small-district-hospital settings with basic drugs and equipment.’ As the subset of the database is developed, we expect users to discuss and refine the definition and criteria for inclusion. This highlights the fluid nature of this whole project.
Phew, all the definitions, caveats out of the way.
The bottom line is that we want to make access to the evidence easier for those from poorer setting – please help!
Thursday, March 04, 2010
As well as broad areas you can look for individual terms. One particular one of interest is vitamin d, which has 33 new records and clopidogrel with 14 new records.
This really is a great way to keep up to date with an area(s) of interest!
To use MyTRIP, register or sign-in via this link.