Presentation on theme: "HOW TO SEARCH ONLINE FOR RELIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION Vasumathi Sriganesh QMed Knowledge Foundation"— Presentation transcript:
HOW TO SEARCH ONLINE FOR RELIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION Vasumathi Sriganesh QMed Knowledge Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org
DO SHARE WITH US… Show of hands How many of you use the Internet to seek health information? Any two in the audience What is your approach when you search? –Any standard website / search engine? –Time you spend? –Criteria for clicking and reading
THREE MAIN CATEGORIES Type – I Background & factual information. Eg: Books / Textbooks, DictionariesType – I Background & factual information. Eg: Books / Textbooks, Dictionaries Type – II Current and past research. Eg: Journals, “Clinical trial websites”Type – II Current and past research. Eg: Journals, “Clinical trial websites” Type – III Answers – for managing diseases / conditionsType – III Answers – for managing diseases / conditions Eg: Evidence summaries Eg: Evidence summaries
WEBSITES Can be Single type Combination types Learn to identify what type of information each website provides!
RECAP Information resources A.Authenticity B.Classifying resources C.Highly recommended resources
RECAP Important Resources: International MedlinePlusTypes I and IIwww.medlineplus.gov PubMed HealthTypes I and IIIwww.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed health/ Cochrane Summaries Type IIIsummaries.cochrane.org DynamedType IIIdynamed.ebscohost.com Natural StandardType I and IIIwww.naturalstandard.com
RECAP Important Resources: Indian National Health Portal Type Iwww.nhp.gov.in AYUSHType IIayushportal.ap.nic.in DHARA OnlineType IIdharaonline.org Indian Medical SitesType Iwww.indianmedicalsites.in
SEARCH PRINCIPLE - I ‘Keyword searches’ Results – ‘contain’ the keywords May / may not be about search term
SEARCH PRINCIPLES II & III Databases like PubMed have ‘fields’ for every record You can search for your keyword in ‘one or more fields’ Often we search for more than one term. We can combine searches using ‘AND’, ‘OR’ or ‘NOT’
USE OF AND, OR, NOT Combining two (or more) terms with AND – Results must contain both (or all) terms OR – Results will contain any one or any combination NOT – Results will contain the first word but not subsequent word / words
SEARCH PRINCIPLE IV Every record in PubMed is ‘tagged’ with special keywords that ‘describe’ the article These keywords are called ‘MeSH’ terms MeSH = Medical Subject Headings Searching with MeSH terms gets maximum relevance
REAL LIFE STORIES HELP – Doctor – son – rare condition …my son had a rare disease- agenesis of corpus callosum. Your information helped me a lot. Taking the cue, I went to Boston to meet someone who ran a NGO on this disease. I still receive a newsletter from that group. Now my son works in _____All thanks to you.
REAL LIFE STORIES Family friend – rare disease ….The entire credit of my miraculous recovery from a seemingly incurable disorder, goes to my visit to your place, when I came to know about Pubmed!! I am trying my bit, to spread awareness about the cure …..
TAKE HOME MESSAGE Searching is a structured art and science Know where to go –Authentic resources – updated regularly –Types I or II or III Search correctly Evidence may/may not exist Take your decision with your doctor, based on “best available evidence”
QMED KNOWLEDGE FOUNDATION Conducts literature searching workshops for health professionals Lectures for consumers People involved –Librarians specialized in medical information management –Trustees – two doctors
QMED IS A not for profit Trust No government funding Small funding from SMLRT Chennai for workshops for professionals Raise funds through –Crowdsourcing –Donations for professional help
OUR DREAM FOR CONSUMERS Helping patients & their caregivers to seek reliable information and participate responsibly in health care decisions
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU Fact sheet – you will get one now Searching for specific needs –“I am 37 and wish to have a baby now. How safe is it” –“My doctor has given a choice of two chemotherapy drugs for my mother. How do I choose” –Consulting sessions to help you Search and discuss with your doctor – but NOT Medical advice – which your doctor will give you