Welcome to the Open Medicine (OM) blog - a new interactive information and discussion forum for readers of our Journal. Our blog is a place to visit, share and learn something new. Please tell your friends about us.
My name is Dean Giustini, and I work as a medical librarian at the University of British Columbia. Medical librarians and physicians often work together to find and evaluate medical research. I originally started blogging at the UBC Google scholar blog to help doctors find the best evidence for themselves, and to teach them how to use search tools like PubMed and Google. This was a few years ago when there were only a few bloggers in the medical blogosphere; now, many blogs are viewed as useful lifelong learning tools.
So, why visit OM blog? What are the benefits? First, blogs play a key role in the evolution of the web; they bring people together to share knowledge and to help them learn about new information technologies. We are, after all, in the information age. Furthermore, blogs are increasingly used to support continuing medical education, and viewed as an enhancement to clinical practice and rapid research dissemination. I hope that the OM blog will facilitate open discussion and collaboration, and function as a completely open repository of useful clinical cases and websites.
As a medical librarian, I will also share my thoughts about locating reliable medical information on the Web. In contrast to the original research published in Open Medicine, the blog will highlight interesting or emerging ideas from the blogosphere that are not covered elsewhere - thereby filling an important information gap. Topics I will cover include perspectives on information technologies, health care systems, research funding, drug releases and alerts, health legislation and government policies.
Who will find this blog useful? Physicians, medical students, residents and other health professionals; information professionals such as clinical/ medical librarians and informationists; health consumers and patients who need information about emerging diseases (e.g. SARS), global health issues and important research published elsewhere.
I hope you will find the posts about medical research, evidence-based medicine and locating trustworthy medical information to be stimulating and useful. If you have ideas for posts, or if you want something featured, please let me know. I look forward to building our virtual community at Open Medicine blog in the weeks and months ahead.
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