>>> need to study the books, but know how to recap stuff from here, and use this as a quick reference tool"

Well-Duhhhh,-Dept. :)


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From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Vasumathi Sriganesh (QMed)
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 9:59 PM
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Subject: Re: Is UpToDate a eTextbook?

When I teach, I tell participants of my workshops that UpToDate, Dynamed,
Clinical Evidence etc are "Evidence Summaries"

I also mention that text books are resources that help us get a fairly
broad base / background knowledge of the subject it covers. That is the
level we need to read up and  understand if we have to be good at that

UpToDate summarizes a topic, and picks up key bits from books, journals and
systematic reviews/guidelines giving us a quick recap of everything, and
referencing each of those bits too

I once had a senior physician / academician (a well respected doc) tell me
that he found UTD so good that he wondered if his students should read
textbooks at all, and instead learn from here. I asked him, if he would not
want his students to have the broad knowledge that he had, and only had the
equivalent of a guide-book knowledge, without the sound theories behind it.
He immediately saw where I was coming from, and said "Oh - you are right -
they need to study the books, but know how to recap stuff from here, and
use this as a quick reference tool"


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On Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 6:47 AM, Catherine Voutier <
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> Hi all
> I have a question. I'm reviewing a paper for publication by a former
> colleague of mine who is not a librarian. She mentions a survey where some
> health professionals said they used textbooks to locate evidence. Google
> and databases were first sources. Textbooks are not defined but I've seen
> some sources that refer to UpToDate as a eTextBook eg PMID:23220465.
> What do you refer UpToDate as and if you know, what do health
> professionals at your institution think UpToDate is?
> Catherine
> Catherine Voutier | Clinical Librarian, Health Sciences Library
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