Circulating Tumor Cells in Melanoma: A Review of the Literature and Description of a Novel Technique.

Circulating Tumor Cells in Melanoma: A Review of the Literature and Description of a Novel Technique.

Melanoma is a prevalent and deadly disease with limited therapeutic options. Current prognostic factors are unable to adequately guide treatment. Circulating tumor cells are a disease-specific factor that can be used as a prognostic variable to guide therapy. Most research to date has focused on identification of circulating tumor cells using various methods, including polymerase […]

Judging the Quality of Medical Literature (Report)

Judging the Quality of Medical Literature (Report)

Medical writers are medical literature consumers. They need to be able to evaluate the quality of the articles they use as information sources or choose to cite in their own writing. Writers without training in research design may intuitively recognize good articles. However, a more deliberate consideration of certain criteria will permit the most efficient […]

Consumer Language, Patient Language, And Thesauri: A Review of the Literature (Report)

Consumer Language, Patient Language, And Thesauri: A Review of the Literature (Report)

INTRODUCTION Online social networks, or social networking sites (SNS), have been a feature of the web since 1997, with the founding of SixDegrees.com. SNS are websites that allow users to “(1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system, (2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and […]

Mapping the Literature of Health Education: 2006-2008 (Report)

Mapping the Literature of Health Education: 2006-2008 (Report)

INTRODUCTION In 1997, a symposium, “Mapping the Literature of Allied Health,” appeared in the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association [1]. Using citation analysis, the authors provided a quantitative description of the literature of several allied health fields. One of the articles in that volume, Schloman’s “Mapping the Literature of Health Education,” provided a snapshot […]

The Emerging Informationist Specialty: A Systematic Review of the Literature (Report)

The Emerging Informationist Specialty: A Systematic Review of the Literature (Report)

INTRODUCTION It has been seven years since Davidoff and Florance [1] proposed a new professional, an informationist with responsibility for providing highly specialized information services in the clinical setting. Davidoff and Florance characterized these new professionals as knowledge workers formally trained in both the information and clinical sciences so they can retrieve, synthesize, and present […]

Evaluation of a Self-Paced Learning Module to Teach Responsible Literature Searching for Research (Report)

Evaluation of a Self-Paced Learning Module to Teach Responsible Literature Searching for Research (Report)

BACKGROUND The unanticipated death of a healthy research study volunteer at a major university highlighted the importance of a comprehensive and exhaustive literature review in conducting responsible research [1]. When this unfortunate event was investigated, it became evident that many researchers who perform literature searches have little guidance about what constitutes an appropriate or sufficient […]