As we roll out the new changes to TRIP in a few months, one area we’re keen to explore is targeting clinicians in a given clinical speciality. We’ll be making a big deal about the My-TRIP feature and one aspect of this is allowing users to select which speciality they belong to.
Might it be helpful for a clinician to highlight articles they found useful and these can be seen by others in the same speciality? Technically, it’s relatively straightforward to introduce such a system, but is it worthwhile? Would the benefit extend to articles over a certain age?
For instance, a cardiologist might search for an article, look through 5 or 6 and decide that 1 or 2 are great articles. They could then hit a ‘noteworthy’ button against the 1 or 2 articles and this could then be flagged up to other cardiologists. If there are 100 cardiologists sending through recommendations one could create a league table of most recommended for other cardiologists to view.
I can see the benefits but I’m not sure of the downside (assuming people don’t take the recommendations too seriously).
April 14, 2009 at 8:30 am
I love this idea! It has works for many other topics and works in medicine as well (McMaster/BMJ PLUS, Faculty of 1000…).
Are you bold enough to allow comments or just ratings?
April 14, 2009 at 8:36 am
I’ve just been exchanging e-mails with our developer and can see an ‘algorithm’ that scores articles based on both the number of recommendations and the number of times an article has been viewed.
I hadn’t really thought about allowing people to comment – but that could work and may well fit. Thanks for the suggestion, one to contemplate!
April 14, 2009 at 11:20 am
Love this idea. Also it would be good to (after asking permission) to “guest” some famous clinicians/scientists in “what are they reading” – almost a sharing facility. Obviously there should be a tweet functionality (?!). Another idea how about enabling groups of specialities to form their own reading groups? and hence then again have a closed community where ideas can be shared?
April 14, 2009 at 11:31 am
I’m very interested in a tweet style function in TRIP and have a fair few ideas in that area. For instance it’d be ‘nice’ if you’re online and you could see that there were 5 other users with an interest in your own speciality. Why not send them a message?
However, we need to demonstrate that people will interact with TRIP – so we’ll go relatively slowly. If we get some decent interaction we’ll throw resources at it.
Thanks for the input.