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TGIF to all!  Here's the latest batch of articles - please feel free to
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Clauson KA. Clinical decision support tools: focus on dietary supplement
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 2008 May/JUn; 14(3): 36-40.
Conclusion: Many clinicians may be unprepared to deal with
patient-related dietary supplement questions; therefore, clinical
decision support tools that address this knowledge gap are needed. There
was significant heterogeneity in the content of dietary
supplement-focused online databases, with clustering in the top tier.

Halkias D. Internet use for health-related purposed among Greek
Telemedicine and e-Health 2008 Apr; 14(3): 255-60.
From ToC: Internet use in Greece is low relative to the rest of the
European Union and is due to a variety of factors including cost,
infrastructure, and the abundance of physicians. In this survey, younger
respondents were very likely to use Internet including for health
information, while those past age 34 seemed to define the older
impression of low Internet usage. These data could be helpful in
planning programs for increased Internet penetration for health purposes
in Greece.

Reed DN Jr. What is an hour-lecture worth?
American Journal of Surgery 2008 Mar; 195(3): 379-

From the ToC: The ideal method to impart knowledge to general surgical
house staff is unknown. This prospective study looked at one teaching
method (lecture) and a measurable, objective outcome (alcohol screening
for trauma patients). We found significant improvement in resident
behavior (compliance with required screening) based on a lecture format
with intermittent reinforcement. This study supports the value of
didactic teaching by faculty, while not detracting from other, more
technological methods.

Ishikawa H. Measuring functional, communicative, and critical health
literacy among diabetic patients.
Diabetes Care 2008 May; 31(5): 874-
Conclusion: Our newly developed HL scales are reliable and valid
measures of three types of HL in diabetic patients. Exploring a
patient's HL levels may provide a better understanding of the patient's
potential barriers to self-management of disease and health-promoting

Forrest JL. Online resources, courses, and training programs.
Journal of Evidence-based Dental Practice 2008 Mar; 8(1): 52-4.
"There are several online resources for those who would like to learn
more about evidence-based practice/health care, improve their knowledge
of research methodology and statistics, and develop skills in each of
the steps of evidence-based decision making."
This is a listing of websites to use in learning various parts of the
evidence-based medicine process.

Forrest JL. Glossary of evidence-based terms.
Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice 2008 Mar; 8(1): 55-61.

Krupski TL. How to perform a literature search.
Journal of Urology 2008 Apr; 179(4): 1264-70.
Conclusion: The ability to search the medical literature in a time
efficient manner represents an important part of an evidence-based
practice that is relevant to all urologists. The use of electronic
databases of pre-appraised evidence can greatly expedite the search for
high quality evidence, which is then integrated with urologist clinical
skills and patient individual circumstances.
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Sabharwal S. Readability of online patient education materials from the
AAOS web site.
Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research 2008 May; 466(5): 1245-50.
"Our findings suggest the majority of the patient education materials
available on the AAOS web site had readability scores that may be too
difficult for comprehension by a substantial portion of the patient

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