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Archive for January, 2009

Advanced Search Page

Friday, January 30th, 2009

We have been notified that the tabs containing Limits, Preview/Index, History, Clipboard and Details will be going away. We don’t know when but it could be soon. The Advanced Search page is where you will find all of these functions now. In addition, a link to the Clipboard will display on the homepage, next to the search box, after selections have been sent to it.

This posting summarizes what you will find on the Advanced Search page. There are new sections in addition to the areas that cover the content of the tabs.

The familiar sections:

  • The History section is at the top of the page just below the single search box. The default shows five searches but this can be expanded by clicking the MORE HISTORY button or reduced back to the first five by using the LESS HISTORY button. If items have been sent to the Clipboard then the last item on the list, numbered zero and highlighted in green, will connect to the Clipboard.
  • The Limits section is mostly the same. The various groupings have been reorganized a bit and the dates section as not been included at this time. The journal and author component is covered in the multiple search box section.
  • The Preview/Index section is at the bottom of the page. It is now called Index of Fields and Field Values. You can still make multiple selections there by using the shift or control keys.

The new sections:

  • The section titled Search by Author, Journal, Publication Date and more contains multiple search boxes. The default is set to the fields listed previousl but these can be changed by using the drop down menus. The author and journal fields have the auto-complete feature. Additional citation related search boxes can be displayed by selecting the Add More Citation Search Fields found below the three search boxes.

This section is meant to replace the single citation matcher that is now found in the blue sidebar on the homepage. Also in this section are links to the alphabetical indexes. They are located next to the individual search boxes. Note that in this area you can only select one term/phrase at a time.

  • The Queries section, found at the bottom of the page, contains links to Clinical (Clinical Queries) and Topic Specific (Special Queries) pages, as well as the MeSH and Journal databases.

The Advanced Search page does have it’s own URL Changes and improvements continue on a regular basis. The NLM Technical Bulletin will keep you up to date on the changes.

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Single search box and history sections

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Index of fields and field values and queries sections

Health Information Outreach Program Full

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

The NN/LM-New England Region’s online learning program on Health Information Outreach and Community Engagement:  Lessons Learned from the Experts is full.  We are pleased with the overwhelming enthusiasm for the program.  Due to a large waiting list, the program will be recorded for later viewing.  The NER plans to send the link for the recording directly to participants on the waiting list as well as post it on our Connecting with the NER site.  Unfortunately, MLA CE units will not be awarded for viewing the recording of the program.

Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) Website Launched

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

The Public Health Foundation and its partners are pleased to announce the launch of the Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) website. CHSI has updated county level data (covering 1994 – 2006) viewable online or in easy to download reports.

Each of the 3,141 reports, one for each county in the United States, provides public health officials, public health system partners, policy makers, and consumers with a snapshot of the health status of a community to make monitoring and addressing health issues easier.

Each report includes Healthy People 2010 targets, national rates, and peer counties (i.e., counties of similar population size, age distribution, and poverty) for comparison purposes. Data indicators include information on vulnerable populations, measures of health, national leading causes of death, risk factors for premature death, measures of birth and death, relative health importance, environmental health risk factors, preventive services use, and access to care, among others.

For more information on health indicator definitions, sources, and methods used in the CHSI Reports, please access Data Sources, Definitions, and Notes: Community Health Status Indicators 2008.

New Prevention Resources from the AHRQ

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has added a new set of tools to the electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS). These tools help primary care clinicians provide consumer-friendly information about prevention and preventive care to their patients at the point of care.

The ePSS is a Web-based and PDA-downloadable application designed to help primary care clinicians identify the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients. The ePSS provides searchable, electronic access to the current evidence-based recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). myhealthfinder, a Web site developed by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the Department of Health and Human Services, provides personalized preventive services recommendations from the USPSTF for consumers. The recommendations are presented in clear language and are broken into segments that encourage a patient to learn about the service and take action.

Over 20 of the topics in the ePSS now include a link to a companion topic in myhealthfinder that has been translated for consumers and is presented in a simple and engaging way. Through these links in the ePSS, primary care clinicians now have direct access to information they can share with their patients at the point of care. The materials are printable, so patients can take them home after the appointment. As more of the USPSTF recommendations are translated for consumers, the ePSS will be updated, so keep coming back.

You can find out more about the evidence-based recommendations of the USPSTF and AHRQ’s work to improve the delivery of effective clinical preventive services at:

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