TRIP aggregates thousands of new articles per month.  The majority are from primary research but we also include 500-750 new articles from secondary sources e.g. systematic reviews, guidelines.

We appreciate that this is important information and have two mechanisms for helping users identify new content.

The first is the ability to carry out a search and only select content added in the last month.  The image below highlights where this feature is.

The second has been our efforts to categorise each new piece of content by various clinical categories.  This has been acheived in three main ways:

  • By publication type.  For instance we assume each article in the journal Cancer is appropriate for our oncology updates.
  • By keyword matching.  This is slightly trickier!  We have over 25 clinical categories in TRIP (e.g. cardiology, oncology) and we started by creating a long list of keywords/terms associated with that clinical area.  For instance, the following words are some example terms associated with cardiology: atrial fibrillation, cholesterol, hypertension.  In total we have identified 334 cardiology terms (we’re not claiming it’s exhaustive).  What we have done is cross check each document title in TRIP (NOTE: title words only) with all the category words to assign clinical categories to each document.  A document can have multiple categories.  For instance a document called ‘Prostate cancer screening in the elderly’ would be assigned to urology, oncology and geriatrics.  This is not foolproof and only today I have spotted a problem.  We have the word sinus associated with Otolaryngology-ENT which unfortunately returns documents with sinus rhythm in the title!  However, the errors are relatively few and far between and we hope the benefits far outweigh the negatives! 
  • Manual identification.  In the case of primary care we cannot assign keywords, so this content is manually identified and typically restricted to the secondary evidence base.

You can view the new content via the links below.  Note: these are updated monthly, after we carry out the manual upload of new content.

As mentioned above our methods aren’t foolproof and we welcome feedback.  Let me know via jon.brassey@tripdatabase.com

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