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Summary of research on Essential Evidence

  • Leung GM, Johnston JM, Tin KY, et al. Randomised controlled trial of clinical decision support tools to improve learning of evidence based medicine in medical students. BMJ 2003; 327: 1090
    In this randomized controlled trial, use of Essential Evidence Plus improved knowledge of and attitudes toward evidence-based practice. Participants also had greater confidence in their clinical decision-making and were more likely to look up the current best evidence.
  • Grad R, Pluye P, Granikov V, et al. Physicians’ Assessment of the Value of Clinical Information: Operationalization of a Theoretical Model. J Am Soc Inform Sci Tech 2011; 62(10): 1884-91.
    This study had family physicians rate the impact of daily InfoPOEMs on their practice. About half the time the POEM confirmed that they were doing the right thing, giving them greater confidence in their practice. About one-third of the time, the POEM changed their practice and improved it. Nearly half the time, the physician learned something new as a result of reading the POEM.
  • Grad RM, Pluye P, Mercer J, et al. Impact of Research-based Synopses Delivered as Daily E-mail: A Prospective Observational Study. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2008; 15: 240-5.
    This study also found that the daily InfoPOEMs were a useful source of information that frequently taught them something new, changed practice, or confirmed that they were doing the right thing for their patients.

Discussion on EBM and Point of Care Applications

  • Improving Family Medicine Through Practice Management and Technology, January 2006. "Maintenance of Board Certification," Charles Vega, MD
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  • Medical Economics, December 2005. "10 great programs for your PDA"
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  • AAFP, August 2005. InfoRetriever has just been listed as an AAFP-approved, EBM, Point of Care source for CME.
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  • Medical Economics, March 2005: "The best treatment? It's at your fingertips", Robert Lowes
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  • MDNetGuide, January/February 2005: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About EBM (But Were Afraid to Ask)"
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  • The Pharmaceutical Journal, February/March 2005: "Dealing with information overload: application of evidence at point of care", Scott Peglar, Jonathan Underhill
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  • Advance for Nurse Practitioners, January 2005: "Evidence-Based Studies Sent to Your In Box," Sue Gardner. "This service provides such a variety of topics that it is useful for NPs in any specialty, as well as family practice. The evidence base was a point of confidence. I highly recommend this service for practicing NPs ..."
  • American Medical News, December 2004: "New generation of CME taking 1st steps: Two continuing medical education pilots focus on changing physician behavior.", Myrle Croasdale
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  • Medicine on the Net, December 2004: "Handhelds deliver CME at the point of care", Elaine Zablocki
    "Evidence-based medicine is a key goal for the Sparrow network, and that's why it has trained 75 physicians to use InfoRetriever on a PDA."
  • Medicine on the Net, October 2004: "e-alerts: All the rage", Bonnie Darves
    "This clinical awareness system is essentially a giant journal club that operates through a database system of filtered, synopsized, evidence-based information."
  • Medicine on the Net, September 2004: "Medical content for mobile technologies", Susan Rudi Rodsjo
    "Many products contain multiple references in one application. InfoPOEMs®, for example, provides: a regularly updated database of evidence-based information from more than 100 journals, the Five-Minute Clinical Consult, more than 2,000 diagnostic calculators, and summaries of evidence-based practice guidelines."
  • Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, August 2004: "How information retrieval technology may impact on physician practice: an organizational case study in family medicine", P. Pluye MD PhD and R. M. Grad MD CM MSc CCFP
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  • Journal of the Medical Library Association, July 2004: "InfoRetriever", Kennedy, Joy
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  • Family Practice Management, February 2004: "Making Evidence-Based Medicine Doable in Everyday Practice", Brandi White
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  • American Journal of Critical Care, January 2004: "Evidence-Based Pandemonium"
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  • American Medical News, November 24, 2003: "CME at hand: Information you need, when you need it. Pilot projects are giving physicians CME credit for point-of-care learning with handhelds as a way to apply practice guidelines more effectively.", Myrle Croasdale
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  • British Medical Journal, November 2003: "Randomised controlled trial of clinical decision support tools to improve learning of evidence based medicine in medical students", Leung, Gabriel M., et. al.
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  • Southern Medical Journal, October 2003: "The Usefulness of Personal Digital Assistants for Health Care Providers Today and in the Future", Tudiver, Fred
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  • British Medical Journal, August 2003: "What happened to the valid POEMs? A survey of review articles on the treatment of type 2 diabetes", Shaughnessy, Allen; Slawson, David
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  • Health Management Technology, August, 2003: "AHRQ: A Tradition of Evidence", Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D.
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  • Family Practice Management, May 2003: "InfoRetriever is perhaps the most comprehensive hand-held tool for referencing evidence-based medical information." Lewis, Matt
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  • Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA), July 2002: "When Less is More: a practical approach to searching for evidence-based answers", Grandage, Karen; Shaughnessy, Allen; Slawson, David
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  • Medical Software Reviews, June 2000: Commended Site (****) of the Medical Resources Reviews Database
    "A major strength (of InfoRetriever) is easy recall of details you need for patient management. . . This software appears to me a good investment in time and money."
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  • Newsweek, September 20 1999: Finding the Right Rx
    Excerpts from the 2-page article:
    Unique: "InfoRetriever is compact enough to run on a palmtop PC, yet potentially powerful enough to transform the practice of medicine."
    Relevant: "Unlike Medline, InfoRetriever stays tightly focused on patient care. Animal studies are out, as are human trials that use intermediate measures (reduction in cholesterol) rather than ultimate ones (reduction in heart attacks)."
    Reliable: "InfoRetriever grew out of a project that Dr. Mark Ebell launched from Michigan State back in 1994. Working with several colleagues, he started scouring 85 medical journals each month and summarizing clinically important findings in the The Journal of Family Practice. InfoRetriever includes all of these digests, along with hundreds drawn from other reliable sources"
  • British Medical Journal, March 1997:
    "This week we introduce a new acronym -- POEM -- and risk a prediction that you will hear more about it in the future."
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Editorials from Journals that Publish POEMs

  • Contemporary Pediatrics, May 2004: "Real evidence: Sometimes hard to come by, now more accessible", Julia A. McMillan, MD
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  • Cleveland Clinic Jounal of Medicine, March 2004: "POEMs: Keeping up with clinical research that can change your practice", Brian F. Mandell
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  • European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, February 2004: "Patient-Oriented Evidence that Matters: POEMs", Judith Hague
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  • The Pharmaceutical Journal, February 14, 2004: "POEMs in the PJ: a new series about treatments relevant to your patients", Harriet Adcock
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  • New Zealand Family Physician, June 2003: "Patient-Oriented Evidence that Matters", Townsend, Tony.
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  • American Family Physician, March 2003: "Introducing POEMs", Shaughnessy, Allen; Siwek, Jay
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  • Women's Health in Primary Care, Febraury 2003, "A Tool for Surviving the Data Deluge", Doskoch, Peter.
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  • British Medical Journal, November 2002: "A POEM a week for the BMJ", Smith, Richard
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