Dean Giustini's blog

Can we build a digital 'community of practice' in medicine?

Submitted by Dean Giustini on June 24, 2010 - 16:48

What is a CoP? "...CoPs are groups of people who come together to share and learn from one another - either face-to-face or virtually - are held together by a common interest in a body of knowledge and are driven by a desire and need to share problems, experiences, insights, templates, tools, and best practices."

Scientific peer review provides .5 billion dollar public subsidy to commercial publishers

Submitted by Dean Giustini on June 14, 2010 - 12:47

In 2009, early findings of an international 'peer review' survey of authors and reviewers was published (see powerpoints). As many of you know, peer review is central to biomedical publishing and scientific enquiry -- knowledge creation that is essential in evidence-based practice.

U.S. NLM and MLA presentations for medical community

Submitted by Dean Giustini on June 4, 2010 - 14:53

The following National Library of Medicine’s presentations are from the recent 2010 Medical Library Association meeting in Washington, DC. They range in length from 14 to 27 minutes, provide overviews and updates on NLM databases and services, PubMed, MedlinePlus,, Health Services Research, and more.

Open Medicine June 2010 - eBulletin

Submitted by Dean Giustini on June 1, 2010 - 14:29


Governance of conflicts of interest in postmarketing surveillance research and the Canadian Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network. Lorraine E Ferris, Trudo Lemmens


Fostering Canadian drug research and development for neglected tropical diseases. Patricia Gabriel, Rebecca Goulding, Cecily Morgan-Jonker, Shannon Turvey, Jason Nickerson

Open Medicine - May 18, 2010 E-Bulletin

Submitted by Dean Giustini on May 18, 2010 - 14:29

I. Systematic Review (SR)
~Efficacy of self-monitoring of blood glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus managed without insulin: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Brendan McIntosh, Changhua Yu, Avtar Lal, Kristen Chelak, Chris Cameron, Sumeet R Singh, Marshall Dahl

World Health Statistics 2010

Submitted by Dean Giustini on May 10, 2010 - 20:03

World Health Statistics 2010

“……contains WHO's annual compilation of data from its 193 Member States, and includes a summary of progress towards the health-related Millennium Development Goals and targets.