Ahead of our 25th birthday later this year we thought it would be interesting to start collecting how users use Trip! This will be interesting for us at Trip to understand but it should be interesting for other Trip users to understand how others use the site.

So, we invite you to submit yours via jon.brassey@tripdatabase.com. We’re not expecting long essays, perhaps 1-3 paragraphs. Some great examples are below:

Example One, from a family physician in the USA

After reading an oncologist opinion suggesting that new diabetes in the elderly should prompt consideration of pancreatic cancer, I searched TRIP for information to both inform my background thinking and help me navigate between over-testing on the one hand and missing an important diagnosis on the other. TRIP seemed to afford the broadest search “net”, and a search with the terms “new onset diabetes pancreatic cancer” lead to two useful resources

  • A population study to characterize risk factors
  • The initial publication of a clinical risk model

Information from both articles has been directly useful in helping me think through with several patients whether their diabetes is likely “just diabetes” or might be a sign of something more sinister in need of further.

Example Two, from a medical student in Bosnia and Herzegovina

As a medical student interested in therapy comparison and evidence-based medicine, I find it very useful Trip Database’s PICO search tool which provides you with a very systematic and targeted search for papers. Moreover, I truly like that the research results are classified into different categories (e.g. systematic review, primary research, ongoing research, guidelines, etc.) as this makes trawling through the articles much easier.

Example Three, from a professor of dentistry in the USA

Trip and PubMed are the two database we teach to all our dental students and residents for the last 15-20 years. The students use Trip in both the classroom and clinic. It is great. It allows them to quickly keep up to date with the best evidence on patient care.

Thank you so much for developing this worldwide tool for healthcare.

Example Four, from a nurse and academic in Canada

I have been using it for many years (20+) and usually to support nursing students at a variety of academic centres in North America. I know from firsthand experience that many nursing students to whom I suggested using TRIP delivered discussion posts or assignment papers that clearly showed the influence of TRIP resource finding.

So, please, if you can share a case study, that’d be great and send them via jon.brassey@tripdatabase.com.