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July 19, 2007

Search Camp 7/25/07 - Literature Search Question

Hello campers! Our next Search Camp in next Wednesday, 7/25, at 10:00 in 555. We have a lot of other reference business to cover, so reference training will be for the first 30 minutes of the meeting, and we'll only do one question (a literature search).

Here's the question:
How reliable are PT-INR tests? Specifically ProTime, but any home test for measuring prothrombin time.

Work on the search ahead of time, and be prepared to talk about your strategies. Let me know if you have any questions. See you next Wednesday!

Liz

July 6, 2007

Search Camp 7/11/07 - Clinical Question

Hello campers,

Our next Search Camp is Wednesday, 7/11 at 10:00 in 555. Search Camp will happen at the beginning of the normal reference meeting, so non-reference staff will be able to leave when Search Camp is done. We have a slightly shorter block of time this week, so we'll just cover one question.

Here's the case:
A 50 year old female presents with pain in her mid back and shortness of breath. The clinician suspects a thoracic aortic aneurysm, and would like some decision support resources. Especially:
1. Diagnosis and treatment algorithms for dissecting thoracic aortic aneurysm.
2. Information on the sensitivity/specificity of widened mediastinum on chest X-ray (CXR) as a diagnostic tool.

See what you can do with this. Remember, with these questions the point is to get to know our clinical resources so you can recommend good resources for an information need. You won't always be answering a specific question, though sometimes you will. The content will quickly be over your head, but that's okay - the clinicians are there to do the interpreting. Our expertise is in getting them to a likely source.

Work on it ahead of time so that you can pipe up with what you found - you MUST be sick of me yacking at you by now, so let's make this your show.

Let me know if you have any questions, and see you Wednesday!

Liz