Staying Up‐to‐Date in Hospital Medicine by Using A Web‐Feeds Portal for Medical Journals

1Health Partners, Saint Paul, MN
2Creighton University, Omaha, NE
3Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Meeting: Hospital Medicine 2010, April 8-11, Washington, D.C.

Abstract number: 166

Background:

With today's flow of information, on top of academic and clinical duties, hospitalist face the challenge of staying up‐to‐date to provide the besl care for palients. Web feeds are powered by an extensible markup language (XML) protocol thai constantly provide updates from Web sites of interest, thus saving time for their user. A Web feeds reader acts like a personal assistant who constantly browses the Web to find only the information requested. Instead of visiting the Web sites of 5‐15 medical journals. The user receives updates only when new information is published and Ihe texl is collected in 1 central location.

Purpose:

We sought to look at Web feeds as a tool to help hospitalists stay informed on medical information. The usefulness of such approach for staying up‐to‐date with medical literature and to enhance medical education may deserve further investigation.

Description:

We used a Google.com personalized page to create a Web‐feeds portal that compiled information from 9 major medical journals into 1 easy‐to‐read page. All 26 academic hospitalists at a large tertiary‐care cenler were granted access to the portal and asked to use it. An anonymous survey comprised 9 questions with a 5‐point Likert scale (5‐1, from strongly agree to strongly disagree) was designed to evaluate The perceived usefulness of the portal and was distributed to its users. Forty‐three percent of the users (12 of 23) completed the questionnaire, 83.3% of them rated the Web‐feeds portal as useful and easy to use, 75% thought that it changed the way they learn in a positive way. Eighty‐three percent of the readers agreed that the Web‐feeds portal was helping Them to stay up‐to‐date with Ihe new developments in hospital medicine.

Conclusions:

A Web‐feeds portal designed to provide constant updates from major medical journals was perceived as very useful by academic hospitalists at a large tertiary‐care cenler. Such portals, which offer a free and easy‐to‐use service, may be a valuable tool in Ihe quest for lifelong medical education. The conlent of the Web feeds can be tailored to the educational objectives of the users.

Author Disclosure:

T. Hamieh, none; V. Dimov, none; A. Kumar, none.

To cite this abstract:

Hamieh T, Dimov V, Kumar A. Staying Up‐to‐Date in Hospital Medicine by Using A Web‐Feeds Portal for Medical Journals. Abstract published at Hospital Medicine 2010, April 8-11, Washington, D.C. Abstract 166. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2010; 5 (suppl 1). https://www.shmabstracts.com/abstract/staying-uptodate-in-hospital-medicine-by-using-a-webfeeds-portal-for-medical-journals/. Accessed June 26, 2019.

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