Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Time: 10:00am – 11:45pm
Presenter: Marcus Spann
Location: Street Level Classroom
This class is designed to help individuals with database searching and planning.
Provider: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Contents: CE, charts/graphs, CME, datasets, full text, government documents, images, links, multiple databases, practice guidelines, reports, summaries, video
Access Level: Free, Open Access
Descriptions: First funded by Congress in 2005, the Effective Health Care Program funds and synthesizes the findings of teams of researchers and clinicians across North America, to identify ways to improve the quality of health care through evidence-based decision-making. Research summaries are available for consumers (many with Spanish translations), clinicians and policy-makers. Also for patients, short videos on treatment options, helpful comparative charts on the effectiveness of different treatments for various conditions. Many resources in various formats are provided. The Program invites comments and topic research/review suggestions, and data deposit by medical professionals. Links are provided to plug-ins for viewing video content.
Keywords: clinical evidence, data analysis, data-sharing, evidence-based medicine, evidence-based practice, healthcare policy, healthcare research, patient care, patient education, Spanish translation
Provider: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Descriptions: This interactive site provides U.S. and global health news, facts, and statistical data on significant healthcare policy issues, trends and indicators. Health disparities and costs, the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, private health insurance, HIV/AIDS, women's healthcare policy and other topics are presented via data, data analysis, polling, news and opinion. Kaiser Health News is also a part of this website, accessible from the "Our Work" tab under Journalism.
Keywords: AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), data, data analysis, demographics, disease, government, health services, health statistics, healthcare policy, healthcare system, maps, mashups, public health, statistical
Provider: United States Environmental Protection Agency
Descriptions: This website emphasizes the Environmental Protection Agency's pledge to "protect human health and the environment." The latest EPA news is featured here, but more importantly, the site provides numerous in-depth topic sections: acid rain, asbestos, global warming, hazardous waste, human health, oil spills, etc.. Click at upper right to read the EPA's website in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese or Korean. Some topics include links to the text of relevant laws and regulations.
Keywords: bioethics, biohazard, chemicals, consumer health, current events, environmental, federal agencies, government, healthcare, healthcare policy, law, nature, news, policy, public affairs, public health, toxins, U.S. Government
Provider: National Institutes of Health/U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
Descriptions: This NIH/DHHS page lists the categories of grant funding available to the State of Texas from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Keywords: health services, healthcare administration, healthcare policy, healthcare system, hospitals, law, Texas, U.S. Government
Provider: University of Oxford
Descriptions: University of Oxford's CEBM (Centre for Evidence Based Medicine) is "a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the practice, teaching and dissemination of high quality evidence based medicine to improve healthcare in everyday clinical practice." On its website, CEBM provides open-access PowerPoint files of lectures and workshops; a YouTube Channel page featuring descriptions and links to instructive videos on the elements or steps in an evidence-based process, and on how to teach evidence-based practice; links to events and conferences; and links to other EBM-related resources and tools, such as medical calculators and critical appraisal worksheets.
Keywords: clinical evidence, education, evidence, evidence-based, evidence-based medicine, graduate medical education, health care, healthcare, healthcare policy, healthcare quality, medical education, medicine, networking, systematic reviews
Provider: Center for Studying Health System Change
Descriptions: The mission of the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) is to inform policy makers and private decision makers about how local and national changes in the financing and delivery of health care affect people. HSC strives to provide high-quality, timely and objective research and analysis that leads to sound policy decisions, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of the American public. The Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) is a nonpartisan policy research organization located in Washington, D.C. HSC designs and conducts studies focused on the U.S. health care system to inform the thinking and decisions of policy makers in government and private industry. In addition to this applied use, HSC studies contribute more broadly to the body of health care policy research that enables decision makers to understand change and the national and local market forces driving that change.
Keywords: healthcare policy, healthcare system, industry, sociology
Provider: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Descriptions: This website contains data sets, reports and rankings that include information on the quality of care delivery, patient outcomes, and patient feedback on physicians, hospitals, and cost. A "data hub" provides interactive graphics of state populations broken out by ethnicity, educational attainment, and age group for a number of healthcare measures, such as rates of the uninsured, portion of state budgets spent on healthcare, healthcare quality, and more. The focus of this website is discussion and demonstration of how "big data" can serve to improve health care in the United States.
Keywords: blog, data, data analysis, data-sharing, economics, education, free, full text, health statistics, healthcare policy, healthcare system, Medicare/Medicaid, population, public health, reports, Texas, wellness
Provider: RAND Corporation
Descriptions: COMPARE (Comprehensive Assessment of Reform Efforts) is a project of RAND Health, a division of RAND Corporation (a private, nonprofit research company.) COMPARE provides "...information and tools to help policymakers, the media, and other interested parties understand, design, and evaluate health policies." COMPARE synthesizes existing knowledge, delineates the policy options already on the table, and analyzes and creates projections of proposed policies' effects, whether intended or unintended, on our healthcare system.
Keywords: government, healthcare, healthcare policy, policy, public administration
Provider: Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research
Descriptions: Via publications and press releases, accreditation, education and networking activities funded through memberships, this organization promotes the ethical treatment of human and animal research subjects. Some of the white papers and general information are freely accessible, but much of the site is restricted to PRIM&R members.
Keywords: advocacy, animal welfare, biomedical ethics, biomedical research, clinical studies, clinical trials, education, ethics, healthcare policy, laboratory, law, policy, quality, research, safety
Provider: New York Academy of Medicine Library
Descriptions: The Grey Literature Report is a bimonthly publication of The New York Academy of Medicine Library focused primarily on health services research and public health topics. Grey literature includes non-conventional, non-commercial publications and ephemera: pre-prints, statistical or technical reports, technical standards and specifications, theses, conference proceedings, translations, bibliographies, and government reports and documents. Search for content by title, author or keyword. Many or most of the publications are freely available online, with links provided.
Keywords: general health, health services, healthcare policy, multidisciplinary, public health
Contents: E-books, full text
Access Level: Licensed, On-Site Visitor, TMC Academic User
Descriptions: An expanding collection with more than 100,000 titles in trade, reference, science, technology, medicine and literature. Some content is out of copyright, free with subscription; some is licensed by the Texas State Library for TexShare; and some is provided by the University of Texas at Austin.
Keywords: cell biology, chemistry, cognitive science, genomics, healthcare policy, healthcare system, medicine, microbiology, multidisciplinary, nanoscience, nursing, nutrition
Contents: Abstracts, Citations, index, links to full text, mobile access
Access Level: Licensed, On-Site Visitor, TMC Academic User
Descriptions: PsycInfo provides citations with abstracts covering the peer-reviewed literature of psychology and psychiatry, as well as related material in the social, behavioral and health sciences. Provides selective coverage of approximately 2,500 periodicals and 3 million records from books, journals and other publications. Some of the literature cited and abstracted here date back to the early 1800's.
Keywords: behavioral sciences, healthcare policy, healthcare system, neurology, neuroscience, psychiatric nursing, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychology, social work