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August 2010

Monthly update

Another month and another manual upload of 600 plus records.  TRIP actually imports more records than that, the majority come via automatic methods.

In addition to the monthly upload we’ve completely revamped (due to URL changes) the following sites:

  • Diabetes UK
  • British Thoracic Society
  • British Association of Dermatology
  • British Society for Rheumatology
  • European Association of Urology
  • Washington University Division of Emergency Medicine Journal Club

A busy month, but well worth the effort.

Ten thousand registered users

I’m very pleased to announce that TRIP now has over 10,000 registered users. 

The vast majority of these users are health professionals enrol and there’s pretty much an even split between doctors, information specialists and other health professionals.  The users are from all around the globe, highlighting TRIP’s global appeal and reach.

To celebrate we’ll be rolling out a significantly enhanced e-mail alert system.  Previously, if a user had recorded, say, ‘prostate cancer’ as an area of interest they would simply get an e-mail reporting how many new articles matched this keyword.  Following feedback we have improved this so the results are broken down into EB Synopses, Systematic Reviews, Guidelines (pertinent to your country), Core Primary Research and Extended Primary Research (see below) 

We’ll be sending out the latest evidence upgrade in the next day or so. 

Developing world initiative

The number of articles suitable for the developing world (click here for further information) continues to grow and appears to be speeding up.  As of today we have identified 288 articles.  It’s not a massive number, but a review of these reveals a high level of accuracy – so I’m happy that things are moving in the right direction.

We never envisaged this initiative being ‘the’ answer, but part of something bigger.  In relation to that we have a number of ongoing discussions and if/when these come to fruition we’ll announce them here.

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