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Healthcare Standards Directory Online

November 12th, 2010 by Bruce Abbott
Off campus access via VPN:  Healthcare Standards Directory Online

HCS Online is an easy-to-use, comprehensive guide to over 40,000 healthcare standards, practice guidelines, and other official documents. The scope of the database is broad. It includes standards issued by more than 1248 medical societies, professional associations, government agencies, and other health-related organizations. The standards cover a wide range of subjects.

The Healthcare Standards Directory is published by ECRI, Inc.  ECRI is  one of only a handful of organizations designated as both a Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization and an Evidence-Based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 


June 30th, 2010 by Deanna Johnson

NIH has replaced the CRISP database with the Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) Expenditures and Results (RePORTER). RePORTER is an electronic tool that allows users to search a repository of both intramural and extramural NIH-funded research projects from the past 25 years, and access publications (since 1985) and patents resulting from NIH funding. In addition to NIH-funded research, the system provides access to research supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).RePORTER1b

RePORTER retains all of the features of CRISP while providing additional query fields, hit lists that can be sorted and downloaded to Excel, NIH funding for each project (expenditures), and the publications and patents that have acknowledged support from each project (results).  It also provides links to PubMed Central, PubMed, and the US Patent & Trademark Office Patent Full Text and Image Database for more information on research results.

RePORTER2bThe query form allows the user to generate queries by entering terms or making selections from drop down menus. In the Principal Investigator, Project Number, RFA/PA, and Organization fields, the % wildcard can be used at the beginning and/or end of a search string when only part of the information is known. Use of the % wildcard increases efficiency and flexibility of the search query. Additionally, in the Term Search field users can search for projects that contain one or more specific terms in the project title, abstract, public health relevance statement, or the scientific terms assigned to each project. When “And” is selected (the default), only those projects that contain all the search terms entered will be found. When “Or” is selected, the query will result in a much larger list of projects, as RePORTER will find all projects containing at least one of the search terms entered. Finally, quotes can be used to find a specific phrase. Of the three types of term search, the phrase search will produce the most narrow list of projects.

RePORTER3bThe results of the query are returned in a project listing that includes the project number, subproject identifier (if applicable), project title, contact principal investigator, performing organization, fiscal year of funding, NIH administering and funding Institutes and Centers (IC), and the fiscal year total costs provided by each funding IC. The project number, subproject id, and the project title are clickable and linked to more detailed information on several Project Information tabs, including Description, Details, Results, and Subprojects (for multi-project grants only).

For additional information about using the RePORTER query tool, read the RePORTER Manual.

If you have any questions, or would like to make a suggestion for new features, there is a Help button at the bottom of each page that opens the RePORTER FAQs page, on which there is a ‘Click here to contact us’ link.

Crude Oil Spills and Health

May 19th, 2010 by Mary Wood

The Disaster Information Management Resource Center was created by the National Library of Medicine to “provide access to quality disaster health information to the nation at all stages of preparation, response, mitigation and recovery”, accomplished by collecting, organizing and disseminating health information related to natural, accidental  or deliberate disasters.  The Oil Spills & Health site is the most recent DIMRC resource, focusing on health effects of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

widgetAmong other concerns, the site addresses  Occupational Hazards Related to Oil Spills and Burning Crude Oil , Seafood and Fisheries Contamination , Oil Spills and Wildlife , and Response and Recovery, as well provides access to additional  Resources from the National Library of Medicine.

Grey Literature

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