I was recently invited to attend a workshop held by the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford. This wasn’t a formal demonstration of TRIP, it was more an informal chat to allow people to ask about TRIP various aspects of TRIP e.g.
- How often is the site updated? Answer: most content is weekly or fortnightly and the rest on a monthly basis.
- What is involved in updating the site? Answer: Most content is automatically added via various clever bits of technology. However, for a number of sites I still have to visit them monthly and manually add the content.
- How does the boolean work? Answer: Use the advanced search to show you – as this builds the boolean for you.
Then, a person who had used TRIP for years said they weren’t aware of this feature. Over the course of the session people highlighted they hadn’t seen:
- Advanced search
- PICO search
- Free-text search
- Sources searched by TRIP
- Synonyms – the list of synonyms used for a search are displayed at the foot of the results page (see below)
It’s an interesting issue/problem. It’s trying to get the balance right between making features visible and not over-powering. I’m really not sure how to resolve this! Possibly create a monthly ‘Feature’ area which would allow me the ability to focus on a given feature. One to ponder!
One very memorable quote was from a clinician who said:
‘before I found TRIP I was ploughing the field with a trowel, now I’m using a tractor’