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Archive for August, 2012

Psychological First Aid (PFA) Now Available for Mobile Apple Devices!

Image of Mobile Device with the PFA Mobile App on the Screen The US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the National Center for Telehealth and Technology are excited to announce a new application, called PFA Mobile, now available in the iTunes App Store. The app is intended for disaster responders who are trained in Psychological First Aid (PFA).

PFA Mobile includes:

  • Summaries of PFA fundamentals
  • PFA interventions matched to specific concerns and needs of survivors
  • Mentor tips for applying PFA in the field
  • A self-assessment tool for readiness to conduct PFA
  • A survivor’s needs form for simplified data collection and easy referral

The app is free and will work on any mobile Apple device (iPod touch, iPhone, iPad). Please download and feel free to send any feedback or suggestions for future versions. An Android version may be available in the coming year. Anyone needing technical assistance or additional resources may contact Dr. Melissa Brymer.

DOCLINE Tip of the Month: Updating Serial Holdings

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DOCLINE depends on accurate, up-to-date Serial Holdings information for correct routing of requests. This information should be updated whenever you start, change, or cancel a subscription. Make sure that the proper publisher license agreements are in place so that you can provide these documents by interlibrary loan. Accurate holdings data means you’ll receive fewer requests for items you do not own!

For print volumes you wish to weed out of your collection, we encourage you to participate in the NLM Journal Donation Program.

You can find more information on updating your DOCLINE holdings on the DOCLINE FAQ page. Also, your RML provides DOCLINE Serial Holdings training. Please contact Marco Tamase if you are interested.

Women’s Health Resources Dissemination Project Funding Opportunity!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are partnering to increase the awareness and access to sex and gender differences research resources available from NIH and its 27 Institutes and Centers through the Women’s Health Resources Portal, by providing a funding opportunity. The purpose of the Women’s Health Resources Dissemination Project is to design programs for creating and improving access to and use of sex and gender differences information for university and college students, faculty, librarians and health professionals. Emphasis is on providing information or access to health and medical information that is relevant and usable by the intended audience, and increasing the awareness and utilization of high-quality, professional-level online medical and public health information resource on sex and gender difference basic science, sex-specific studies, disparities, and inclusion research, including the NLM Women’s Health Resources Portal, that serves as an access point to all NIH sex and gender differences resources. The purpose is also to promote new and creative collaborations between universities and their libraries, specifically medical and health library students and faculty, to increase the knowledge and awareness of sex and gender differences in research design and reporting. University and college libraries may also increase information access to existing partnerships with outside organizations that are primarily focused on health and medical research.

All proposals must be received by September 10, 2012, at 12:00 P.M. EDT. To find more information about this funding opportunity, please visit the following links:

1) NIHLM2012431A-Partial Small Business Set-Aside
2) NIHLM2012431B-Full and Open

New Resources Available on logoThis week, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) added a number of resources to Highlights include:

Stage 2 Meaningful Use—Final Rules: On Thursday, August 23, ONC and The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released final requirements for the Stage 2 Electronic Health Records Incentive programs and Standards & Certification Criteria. Information and resources about both rules are available on a new Meaningful Use Stage 2 page.

New Consumer Videos Available: In recent weeks, ONC has expanded its library of consumer-friendly videos. New videos available in the Patients and Families section of include an animated video about the benefits of health IT, as well as winners of two consumer video challenges. Watch the videos.

Redesigned Federal Advisory Committee (FACA) Pages Launched: Webpages for the Health IT Policy and Standards committees and workgroups meetings featuring a new meeting calendar are now available. Visit the new FACA pages to view calendars and other resources for both the Health IT Policy Committee and the Health IT Standards Committee.

Read the Buzz from Your Mobile Device: ONC launched its Health IT Buzz blog mobile website. Readers can now access information about health IT and view important updates from ONC from their smartphone or other mobile devices. Read the Health IT Buzz blog.

Remember to visit the web site often for the latest information and resources, and to stay up-to-date on how health IT is improving America’s health and health care!

Women’s Health: Learn About Your Body in 52 Weeks

Screenshot of 52 Weeks for Women's Health52 Weeks for Women’s Health, a new app for iOS and Android that offers women access to a year’s worth of practical health information, highlighted week-by-week, is now available. The app is based on the popular Primer for Women’s Health: Learn about Your Body in 52 Weeks, published by the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health.

The easy-to-use mobile app can help women identify health risks for themselves and their families, and can help them create and maintain healthy lifestyles throughout their lives. Questions to ask health care providers, a glossary of health terms, health screening information, and links to additional information from NIH institutes and centers expand the mobile app’s offerings. Key features of the app are:

  • a personal health section for recording medications, medical conditions, and disabilities
  • a journal feature
  • a personal goal-setting section for health and lifestyle details

A variety of different skins can be applied to personalize the app, and it can be password-protected to help ensure health information remains confidential. Content is also accessible without the use of a handheld device, at the Primer for Women’s Health: Learn about Your Body in 52 Weeks website. In the near future, NIH will launch an app for men’s health with similar features. 52 Weeks for Women’s Health can be downloaded for free through iTunes and Google Play.

New LinkOut Library Submission Utility Quick Tours!

Three new Quick Tours have been added to the LinkOut for Libraries Training and Educational Resources Web Page:

  • Uploading Icons demonstrates the different ways to upload an icon image into the Library Submission Utility.
  • Contact Info shows how to add, edit and delete contact information in the Library Submission Utility.
  • Library Info, PrId and NameAbbr explains where to find your library information such as ProviderId (PrId) and NameAbbr, which is the same as your User Name, in the Library Submission Utility. This information is frequently requested by library vendors.

These Quick Tours replace the “Library Submission Utility: An Introduction” Quick Tour. For more information, please visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

New Style and Content for!

New has launched a new beta version of its website, featuring a new integrated homepage and updated graphic design. In addition to the redesign, visitors will also have access to new and reorganized written content about clinical research, background information about the site, searching for studies, and maintaining study records. However, core functions of the site; including the basic and advanced search, search results options, and the study record data, will remain the same. The new site interface will run in parallel with the previous version for approximately four weeks after launch. After appropriate testing and additional minor changes it will permanently replace the previous interface in mid-September 2012. is the NLM-developed web-based registry and results database of clinical research studies. The website provides patients, clinicians, researchers, and the public with access to information about interventional and observational studies. As of August 2012, contained over 130,000 clinical research studies in all fifty states and in 179 countries. Since it was launched in 2000, has expanded in terms of scope, features, and intended audiences in response to the evolving policies and laws promoting the registration of clinical trials. For example, Congress enacted legislation in 2007 that added the first public results database. As a result, summary information about clinical trials of FDA-approved medical products would be freely available, whether or not the results were published in the medical literature. To accommodate the results database, new user interface features in were launched in 2008, to display the results data tables and allow for searching of studies with results. Over time the Web site has featured the American Customer Satisfaction Index survey tool to collect feedback from users and usability evaluations have been conducted. The results of this user feedback, as well as the changing nature of the Web site, provided the motivation for redesigning

For additional information on the new site navigation features, new appearance, and new content, please visit the NLM Technical Bulletin and the beta website.

Photovoice: Evaluation through Photography

A picture is worth a thousand words, and a method called photovoice takes advantage of pictures’ compelling qualities by incorporating photography into research and evaluation. Photovoice is a participatory evaluation method in which program participants are given cameras to capture images that convey their feelings, beliefs and experiences about an issue. The method is used frequently in advocacy projects, allowing the less powerful stakeholders to communicate about issues that impact their lives.

Photovoice seems to be a particularly popular way to engage youth in projects or in evaluation. For examples of photovoice projects with teenagers, check out the two articles listed at the end of this entry. The project described in Necheles et al. used photovoice to engage teenagers in identifying influences over their own health behavior. These teens then developed materials such as posters to advocate for healthier lifestyles among their peers. The article by Strack, Magill and McDonagh presents a project in which teens identified problems in their neighborhoods through photovoice. Both articles provide abundant advice for conducting photovoice projects, including how to engage youth in analyzing photos and ideas for presenting results.

Some photovoice projects carry potential risk for participants. Participants also must be taught how to get and document consent from others who appear in their photos. Consequently, photovoice projects require above-average planning and management skills. For an excellent resource on managing photovoice projects, check out, particularly the organization’s methodology section.


Necheles JW et al. The Teen Photovoice Project: A pilot study to promote Health through Advocacy. Prog Community Health Partnersh 2007 Fall; 1(3): 221–229.

Strack RW, Magill C, McDonagh K. Engaging youth through photovoice. Health Promot Pract 2004;5:49–58.

MyMedList Now Available from the NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites!

MyMedListMyMedList (MML) has been released as a free Apple iOS app on the NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites. MML, developed by the National Library of Medicine, is designed to maintain a record of an individual’s current and past medications, which is easily accessible and adequately protected. MyMedList allows users to electronically manage their medication list(s), and control access to their personal information. The medication list can be printed out to share, mailed to a relative, serve as a reminder to the individual for taking medications, or be shown as reference information in doctors’ offices or hospitals. The app is based on standards; MML follows the HL7 standard for CDA/CCD and uses RxNorm data for prescription medications.

Edit: MyMedList is no longer being actively maintained and was removed from the iTunes. (1/13/14 LT)

Use the 6 D’s of Needs Assessments to Design an Effective Program!

The NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) recommends using evaluation questions as a foundation for evaluation projects. The questions are useful in developing data collection methods, analyzing data, and organizing evaluation reports. If you are planning a needs assessment, you can take advantage of a tip sheet that provides needs assessment questions for you: The 6Ds of Needs Assessments. This one-page document will help you identify the information needed to advocate for your project with a comprehensive, rational argument, as well as design an effective program. It was created by Kylie Hutchinson, principle evaluator for Community Solutions Planning and Evaluation. Use the 6 D’s to cover all the bases of your needs assessment:

  • Deficit: What is the need requiring intervention?
  • Develop: What are the existing strengths the program will build upon?
  • Describe: What are the proposed participants’ characteristics, learning styles and barriers, etc?
  • Desires: What are the preferences for receiving the program, e.g., format, length of program, location, etc?
  • Duplication: What is the unique niche the program will address?
  • Demand: Is there a demand for the program?