Thursday, 18 March 2010

Using TRIP to help identify content suitable for resource poor settings

The TRIP Database is a portal of high quality clinical evidence. They have launched an initiative to promote evidence which can be used in resource poor settings and would like our help to make this happen.

The following is from Jon Brassey (jon.brassey@TRIPDATABASE.COM).
"The idea is that TRIP (along with other search engines) has a high proportion of content focussed on resource-rich settings (e.g. new diagnostic tests, new drugs). This content is typically unsuitable for poorer settings. Therefore, we're trying to harness the users of TRIP to indicate which articles are suitable for such settings - thereby making it easier for clinicians to identify suitable evidence.
As of today under each link on the results page will have a link ‘Developing World?’ If a registered user of TRIP believes the article is appropriate (see definition below) for such setting we encourage them to click on the link. If two separate people click on the link the article is then deemed suitable; these articles will form a sub-set of data in TRIP. Users of TRIP will then be able to search TRIP and then (via a tick box at the bottom of the ‘Filter your search’ box) be able to select only those articles in the subset.
We encourage TRIP users to get involved by either tagging articles or to help spread the word of this project!
A few additional pieces of information:
The term ‘Developing World’ is problematic and controversial. We have used it as it is a widely recognised term which we hope will aid adoption, the reality is that the alternative ‘Low resource?’ carries less meaning. However, we welcome input on the term used (send comments to me).
The working definition of an article suitable for this initiative is ‘any clinical evidence that can be implemented in primary care and small-district-hospital settings with basic drugs and equipment.’ As the subset of the database is developed, we expect users to discuss and refine the definition and criteria for inclusion. This highlights the fluid nature of this whole project."

Jon welcomes comments and feedback on this project.

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