Monday, September 12, 2011

An evidence-based TRIP?

This may seem a strange title as many of you will feel that TRIP is an evidence-based tool already.  Well, TRIP helps users find the best available evidence, I'm comfortable with that.  However, there is more to this than that....

Since the new interface/functionality went live I've been tidying up loose ends, fixing a few broken bits of functionality and looking forward to the next changes to TRIP.  This has coincided with a wonderful opportunity to get involved with a research grant that will explore creating a search interface based on academic theories around information gathering.  This will involve creating a series of interfaces which will then be tested with a group of clinicians.  So, we'll be doing research to explore various aspects of search interface design and results display.  We'll be creating an evidence-base for clinical search.

I've no idea if we'll get funding but the person in charge is hugely influential so I think we've got a reasonable chance.  Even if it doesn't happen I've already learnt an awful lot from just reading the background papers. 

Exciting times!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't forget to include librarians when you're testing out the interface, please! :)

Carlos Cuello said...

Are you accepting "healthy" volunteers from other non-english speaking countries?
Congrats and cheers

Jon Brassey said...

Thanks for the offers!

I'm not actually running the research, it's with an American University - so I'll have relatively little say.

However, if (a big 'if') we get funding I'm sure we could share things!

BW

jon