For the Kentucky Medical Malpractice Attorney: Medical Resources on the Internet
Janabeth Evans Taylor, R.N., R.N.C of Attorney’s Medical Services has compiled a FANTASTIC list of medical resources on the internet. Below is a list of links … to read the entire article, click: Utilizing the Power of the Web: Medical Resources for Attorneys
Medical information on the Internet is growing and diversifying. Every month more information is added and it becomes more challenging to sift through the many sites to find the content you are looking for. Traditional search engines do not focus on medical sites, and therefore some very valuable sites are overlooked or not updated into the index.
To date, there is no all-inclusive engine for searching medical sites. Nor is there a single engine that adequately and throughly indexes just the most reputable sites. These are a sampling of sites that will search for and retrieve up-to-date, applicable and current postings from peer-reviewed sources.
Thanks to Janabeth Evans Taylor for this FANTASTIC resource
National Library of Medicine
The NLM is a very large database and the efficiency of a search can be aided by a review of the MESH (medical subject heading) “trees” at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/ The mesh trees incorporate the specialized language of the NLM classification system. Failure to use the appropriate language will result in a null or irrelevant search. For example: the phrase kidney calculi should be used instead of kidney stones.
Medline (accessible from various sites)
MEDLINE is the NLM’s premier bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from more than 4,300 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 other countries. The file contains over 11 million citations dating back to the mid-1960’s. Coverage is worldwide, but most records are from English-language sources or have English abstracts. Medline is free, and is accessible from various sites, such as Medscape, Pubmed, and Healthgate..
The PubMed database was developed in conjunction with publishers of biomedical literature as a search tool for accessing literature citations and linking to full-text journal articles at web sites of participating publishers.
Publishers participating in PubMed electronically supply NLM with their citations prior to or at the time of publication. If the publisher has a web site that offers full-text of its journals, PubMed provides links to that site, as well as sites to other biological data, sequence centers, etc. User registration, a subscription fee, or some other type of fee may be required to access the full-text of articles in some journals.
PubMed provides access to bibliographic information which includes MEDLINE as well as:
The out-of-scope citations (e.g., articles on plate tectonics or astrophysics) from certain MEDLINE journals, primarily general science and chemistry journals, for which the life sciences articles are indexed for MEDLINE. Citations that precede the date that a journal was selected for MEDLINE indexing. Some additional life science journals that submit full text to PubMedCentral and receive a qualitative review by NLM.
Medscape is a multi-specialty Web service for clinician and consumers that combines information from journals, medical news providers, medical education programs, and materials created for Medscape. Here you will find a combination of peer-reviewed publications, a free version of drug information via the “First Data Bank File” and free Medline.
Healthfinder is a free gateway to reliable consumer health and human services information developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. healthfinder can lead you to selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, support and self-help groups, as well as the government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public.
Founded by leading medical publishers that include Mosby and W.B. Saunders, MD Consult
integrates peer-reviewed resources from over 50 publishers, medical societies, and government
agencies. From this site you can obtain full text from 40 respected medical reference books from a variety of specialties, 50 medical journals, and MEDLINE. In addition you can obtain comprehensive USP drug information (beyond the scope of a PDR), more than 600 clinical practice guidelines. This is not a free service, but for a small fee you can have access by the day, month or year. Also there is a free seven day trial membership.
Medical Matrix is a source for a wide variety of online resources that include major journals, textbooks, disease and conditions, and patient education. To access this site you must complete an online registration form.
Because it has few graphics, MedScout is very quick, yet it offers very broad and well-organized content. It also conveniently lists diseases by International Classification of Diseases (ICD 9). Medscout indexes hundreds of medical web sites. It supports its services by advertising and selling medical products.
Medical World Search
Medical World Search was especially developed for the medical field. Medical World Search can aid medical practitioners, researchers, or anyone with basic knowledge of medicine, to formulate an optimally precise query to search the World Wide Web and find exactly the information they need. The major goals of Medical World Search are to provide a search engine that operates over a selection of the most high quality medical sites on the Web and to facilitate searching by using a medical thesaurus that understands medical terminology and can thus search for related terms automatically.
This site is founded by academic physicians. Their goal is to make access to the Internet’s vast health and medical information as efficient and reliable as possible for healthcare professionals as well as consumers. MDchoice.com has combined the content of several award-winning medical websites including NetMedicine.com, Physician’s Choice, and EMBBS.com (The Emergency Medicine and Primary Care Home Page). A panel of board certified physicians in the U.S. evaluate the Web’s medical content.
Achoo is a comprehensive health care database on the Internet with over 7000 indexed and searchable health care sites. The site is organized by categories that include Human Life, Practice of Medicine, Business of Health, and What’s New. This site provides a comprehensive index of medical sites, but is mainly consumer focused and does omit a great deal of the professional level content.
Guidelines Clearing House
This site is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. NGC is sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (formerly the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research) in partnership with the American Medical Association and the American Association of Health Plans. A medical term search will retrieve objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines. Results in a search will obtain: structured abstracts (summaries) about the guideline and its development, a utility for comparing attributes of two or more guidelines in a side-by-side comparison, syntheses of guidelines covering similar topics, highlighting areas of similarity and difference, links to full-text guidelines, where available, and/or ordering information for print copies and, annotated bibliographies on guideline development methodology, implementation, and use.
Additional Internet Resources
http://www.acfas.org (foot and ankle)
http://www.fascrs.org (colon and rectal surgeons)
http://www.medicinenet.com (then click on dictionary)
http://www.4woman.org/nwhic/references/dictionary.htm (on line med dictionaries and journals)
Listing of Medical-Related Sites
Janabeth F. Evans, R.N., R.N.C. has a degree in Nursing from Oklahoma State University and a Litigation Paralegal Certificate from the University of Oklahoma Law Center. She was a nursing instructor for ten years and has been a medical legal consultant since 1990. Ms. Evans is currently President/Owner of Attorney’s Medical Services, Inc. in Marshall, TX. In 2002 she was named the Association of Trial Lawyers of America’s Paralegal of the Year. She provides litigation support for attorneys across the United States and specializes in case reviews and Internet information resources. Her website is http://www.attorneysmedicalservices.com and her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.