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A user-friendly alert service of high-impact, pre-filtered literature for obstetrics and gynaecology

Date and Location




Monday 23 September 2013 - 10:30 - 12:00


Presenting author and contact person

Presenting author

Becky Skidmore

Contact person

Becky Skidmore
Abstract text
Background: Medical specialty society members work and reside in geographically disparate and varied surroundings. Access to reliable, up-to-date, and publicly-accessible evidence-based information is variable. Objectives: To provide a timely and credible resource of current literature citations in obstetrics and gynaecology (OBGYN) in particular, and other topics (e.g., ethics, methodology, social media), when relevant; to build and maintain a database of best-evidence references for future consultation. Methods: Update services from the National electronic Library for Medicines (NeLM), BMJ,, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD), Turning Research Into Practice (TRIP), AMEDEO, selected BMC journals, evidence-based listservs, and other ad hoc resources are monitored for potentially relevant items on an ongoing basis. Relevant citations are downloaded or entered into Reference Manager, date stamped, and broad categories assigned. Abstract or full-text URLs, when available, are included. Links to accompanying material, including editorials or evidence syntheses (e.g., ratings, critical appraisals, quality assessments) are also incorporated. Targeted alerts are sent to select committees or individuals as received. A formatted, monthly compilation, the "Scientific Review", is circulated to members. Alerts include conclusions or key summary points when publicly available. Members are notified by email at the time of publication. Results: A manageable monthly list (approximately 60-80 items) of pre-filtered, high-impact citations and value-added links, arranged alphabetically or by category, is available for download. Separate packages grouped by broad topic are available on request. New categories are added as needed (e.g., technology). Conclusions: Ongoing monitoring and filtering of high-impact literature from existing scanning services is identified and formatted specifically for OBGYN. Member feedback is overwhelmingly positive. Journal club, rotating guest editors, blogs, continuing medical education (CME) accreditation, top ten list, and a mobile application for distributing content are all under exploration.