With the inclusion of DynaMed Plus to Trip I felt it was time to update the graphic that attempts to convey what users search when they use Trip. It’s a tough ask and below is my attempt (slight update on a previous graphic). Comments welcome!!
DynaMed Plus is one of the most sought after resources in EBM. As such we’re absolutely delighted to announce that DynaMed Plus content has been added to Trip. And, what’s even better, if you’re not a subscriber to DynaMed Plus you can get ten free ‘views’ per month.
As you’ll see from the above graphic, DynaMed Plus is – like Trip – focused on supporting rapid question answering. So, having both Trip and DynaMed Plus should maximise your chances of obtaining trusted answers to your clinical questions.
We’ve just had a meeting with the technical team and as a result we’re updating the timeline to release. The plan is as follows:
Phase 1 – integrate improvements to data used to generate the synthesis (sample size, PICO identification etc). This should be finished by the end of December and will interact with the current ‘front end’.
Phase 2 – integrate the new design. End of January
Phase 3 – integrate features that allow people to edit/modify the results. End of February.
We’re not sure when the full release will be, but I suspect we’ll allow people to interact with the system sometime in early 2018.
Our automated review system seeks to locate the PIC elements of PICO. We didn’t have the resource to do the ‘O’ (outcomes) which seems a shame. But we want to explore incorporating it and an important starting block is having a list of outcomes. Such a list doesn’t – obviously – exist. I put an email request to the EBHC maillist and got a number of responses that have started me down the route of attempting to compile a list that might prove useful to me and others.
Another option to explore is scraping the outcomes listed in ct.gov, a fairly straightforward task but the outcomes aren’t ‘clean’. By that, if you look at these example outcomes from the site they’re quite long, which can be problematic!
A further option is the COMET Initiative (Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials) and I’ve reached out to them for help.
So, very much a work in progress! As I type/write this we have just one list but we are hopeful that we’ve located two other lists, one in CVD and one in schizophrenia.
List to date:
From the SONG Initiative (Standardised Outcomes in Nephrology)
ability to travel
ability to work
drop in blood pressure
impact on friends
impact on family
washed out after dialysis
We’ve just rolled out a broad range of upgrades to the site:
Latest and greatest – for a given topic you can now easily view the very latest for a topic as well as those most frequently visited (within the last 12 months).
Tour – to help make it easier to orientate yourself to the site, available via the top navigation bar:
How to use Trip is now clearer and easier to use.
Top of the results has been tidied up with the images and videos being moved to the ‘refine’ area of the results page (on right-hand side).
Sort by popularity is now possible via the following drop-down:
Differences between free and Pro more clearly laid out – click here to view.
Search engine optimisation (SEO) to make it easier for users to find our content via Google and other search engines.
Trip Answers, our repository of clinical Q&As has been refreshed to make it more user friendly.
We get asked this fairly regularly and due to the breadth of coverage it’s really difficult to succinctly answer. But this image is our best attempt at capturing it:
Note our use of the evidence pyramid!
With regard PubMed (and PubMed Central) this is a bit more information:
I suspect this page will be a ‘living’ document, frequently edited to improve it. So, if you have any questions please let me know – firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the KConnect project we were able to create a wonderful set of analytic tools to analyse how people use the site. My current favourite is one we’re calling ‘topics’. For a given search terms it analyses all the article titles that users have clicked on and groups them based on meaning.
This is important as searches for ‘alcohol’ reveal they are interested in the term, but it is only when they click on a title do they ‘reveal’ there likely intention. That is because search terms are typically 1-3 terms while document titles contain many more terms. Below is an analysis of search for ‘alcohol’:
This shows that the most popular subject relates to alcohol withdrawal (as that is the major topic in the most popularly clicked titles). But we can look at even more detail. So, within alcohol withdrawal we can see that baclofen, dexmedetomidine and benzodiazepines are the most popular sub-topics.
I hope this is clear!
My conclusion is that this gives a clear insight into the Trip user (almost exclusively health professionals are and mainly using Trip to obtain trusted answers to their clinical questions). But, more than that it surely reflects the uncertainties/questions of the health service, making it an important component of research procurement – ensuring the topics funded meet the needs of the eventual users.
Oh yes, if you want me to generate some examples for topics of your interest then let me know. I’m sure I can find time to generate a few more examples!
We’ve revealed our automated review system but it’s still not ready for everyone to use but we now have a timeline:
So, there you have it, just over three months time we should have our currently good system made truly amazing.
Below are some search tips to help users get the most out of Trip! If we’ve missed anything then please let us know by emailing email@example.com. Thanks to Igor Brbre for assisting with this! We’ll highlight:
We support simple and complex boolean searches using the operators AND, OR and NOT:
Trip’s advanced search (Pro only feature) tends to make this easier!
Use the asterisk:
Use quotation marks:
This finds terms that are close to each other, how close is up to you:
Title versus body of text
By default Trip searches all of the document that we have indexed (so this might be an abstract or the full-text, depending on what the publisher has made freely available) but you can restrict to title only:
In the latter examples it retrieves articles with ‘prostate cancer’ in the title and ‘screening’ and ‘psa’ anywhere in the body of the text.
Advanced search (Pro only feature)
Advanced search makes all the boolean much easier:
Combination searches (Pro only feature)
As ‘combination searches’ is too long for the navigation, we’ve called in ‘recent’ (open to suggestions for a better term!). It allows you to combine complex searches:
See image below for a number of key features:
NOTE: below each result there is a line of tools: