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"It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped."
Anthony Robbins


Evidence-based medicine - an oral history

The BMJ and JAMA have jointly brought together the gurus of Evidence-based practice and produced a series of free videos.  Gurus include Muir Gray, Iain Chalmers, David Sackett, Kay Dickersin, Paul Glasziou, Gordon Guyatt, Brian Haynes, Drummond Rennie, Richard Smith.

The videos remind us of how the practice of evidence-based medicine has evolved and at which point patient values and preferences became integral.  Great to hear how far we have come in just 20 years.

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Rehabilitation evidence online

Allied Health Evidence is a search tool produced by the University of Queensland which searches across four specialty databases PEDro (Physiotherapy), OT Seeker (Occupational Therapy), speechBITE (Speech Pathology), and psycBITE (Acquired brain impairment).  You may also choose to search each database separately.

Rehab+ is produced by McMaster University's Health Information Unit.  All citations (from over 120 premier clinical journals) are pre-rated for quality by research staff, then rated for clinical relevance and interest by at least 3 members of a worldwide panel of practicing occupational and physiotherapists.

Both databases provide free access to the citations and some full text.  If you find something not available full text, check our Library resources - we may in fact have access here - or if not, we should be able to get it for you.  Pop the details onto one of our online request forms.

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Head injury guideline updated

Head injury : triage, assessment and early management of head injury in children, young people and adults.  National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 2014.  (NICE clinical guideline ; CG176)

"The unpredictability of head injuries demands the highest level of clinical excellence in the early stages of assessment and treatment and we hope these updated guidelines will ensure that is the case for all head injury patients."  (Peter McCabe, Chief Executive, Headway)

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Surrogate decision making

Scope and outcomes of surrogate decision making among hospitalized older adults / Alexia M. Torke ... et al.  JAMA Intern Med. Published online January 20, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13315

Objective  To describe the scope of surrogate decision making, the hospital course, and outcomes for older adults.

Conclusions and Relevance  Surrogate decision making occurs for nearly half of hospitalized older adults and includes both complete decision making by the surrogate and joint decision making by the patient and surrogate. Surrogates commonly face a broad range of decisions in the intensive care unit and the hospital ward setting. Hospital functions should be redesigned to account for the large and growing role of surrogates, supporting them as they make health care decisions  ...

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Report on Government services 2014

The latest report from Productivity Commission has been progressively unveiled during the last week.  The volume on Health (Volume E) has received a good deal of media coverage.  Follow the link to peruse it for yourself.

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Recently added Cochrane reviews

Psychosocial interventions for men with prostate cancer
Overall, this review shows that psychosocial interventions may have small, short-term beneficial effects on certain domains of well-being, as measured by the physical component of GHQoL and cancer-related QoL when compared with usual care.

Psychological treatments for depression and anxiety in dementia and mild cognitive impairment.
This review found evidence that psychological interventions added to usual care can reduce symptoms of depression and clinician-rated anxiety for people with dementia.

Skin-to-skin care for procedural pain in neonates.
SSC appears to be effective, as measured by composite pain indicators and including both physiological and behavioural indicators, and safe for a single painful procedure such as a heel lance

All links above provide access to the full text of these new Cochrane reviews.

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New books online

Adams and Victor's principles of neurology / Allan H. Ropper, Martin A. Samuels and Joshua P. Klein.  10th ed.  McGraw-Hill, 2014.

Essentials of clinical geriatrics / Robert L. Kane ... et al.  7th ed.  McGraw-Hill, 2013.

Gastrointestinal physiology / Kim E. Barrett.  2nd ed.  McGraw-Hill, 2014.

Understanding clinical research / edited by Renato D. Lopes and Robert A. Harrington.  McGraw-Hill Medical, 2013.

Note:  Access outside of Austin Health requires authentication with a Library barcode no. and PIN.

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New books on display @ Austin

Grossman & Baim's cardiac catheterization, angiography, and intervention / edited by Mauro Moscucci.  8th ed.  Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2014.

Marriott's practical electrocardiography / Galen S. Wagner and David G. Strauss.  12th ed.  Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2014.

Problem-based pain management / Eric S. Hsu ... et al.  Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Books on display may be reserved - call 9496 5393.

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Print journals received and currently on display

Note: the links below provide access to the tables of contents, not necessarily the full text. Full text may be retrieved from the A-Z Journal list (outside of Austin Health you will need your Library barcode no. and PIN)

American journal of neuroradiology.  Vol. 34, no. 11, November 2013; Vol. 34, no. 12, December 2014

American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine.  Vol. 188, no. 11, 1 December 2013

Annals of internal medicine.  Vol. 160, no. 2, 21 January 2014

Annals of thoracic surgery.  Vol. 97, no. 1, January 2014; Vol. 97, no.1 (suppl.), January 2014

Australian journal of emergency management.  Vol. 29, no. 1, January 2014

British journal of psychiatry.  Vol. 203, no. 4, October 2013

Endocrine reviews.  Vol. 34, no. 6, December 2013

Hospital & AgedCare.  January/February 2014

Infant.  Vol. 10, no. 1, January 2014

Infection control & hospital epidemiology. Vol. 34, no. 12, December 2013

Internal medicine journal.  Vol. 43, no. 12, December 2013

Journal of clinical psychiatry.  Vol. 74, no. 11, November 2013

Journal of reproductive medicine. Vol. 58, no. 11-12, November-December 2013

Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.  Vol. 52, no. 11, November 2013

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.  Vol. 70, no. 1, January 2014

Lancet.  Vol. 383, no. 9913, 18 January 2014

Lancet oncology.  Vol. 15, no. 1, January 2014

Nature.  Vol. 505, no. 7483, 16 January 2014

Nature medicine.  Vol. 19, no. 12, December 2013

Nature neuroscience.  Vol. 16, no. 12, December 2013

Physical therapy.  Vol. 94, no. 1, January 2014

Practising midwife.  Vol. 17, no. 1, January 2014

Respiratory medicine.  Vol. 107, no. 12, December 2013

Seminars in oncology.  Vol. 40, no. 6, December 2013 (The science of survivorship: moving from risk to risk reduction) ; Vol. 40, no. 6, suppl. 1, December 2013 (Paving the way for biosimilars in oncology)  NEW ONLINE AT AUSTIN HEALTH

Seminars in roentgenology.  Vol. 49, no. 1, January 2014 (Brain imaging)

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