I run tailored search training sessions for different groups of healthcare staff. After a year or so in post I am starting to see some groups for the second time and finding that I have not always recorded some of the useful things I found out ahead of time. So I will share some of them here from time to time to help my memory. Peoples suggestions of other interesting things will be welcome.
The group today were are all doctors working in palliative care.
Some web searching retrieved a great site I had used last time and promptly forgotten CareSearch. This Australian site has lots of tips on searching and includes a brilliant tool for launching canned searches on palliative care topics via PubMed.
Some useful tips to help me think about search headings came from a chance find of a slide set by a colleague.
A more general introduction to research for palliative care from the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care includes literature searching but also lots of helpful contextual information.
Finally the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network includes various publications and tools. What we know now looks a brilliant annual update on changes to the palliative care knowledge base. Hopefully there having joined Public Health England will not stop this useful work continuing.
During the session we used a search for Fentanyl and Constipation to explore search concepts.
Using Medline I was able to show value in MeSH searching by retrieving additional references for only some small tweaks to the keywords and basic subject headings.
Any other brilliant palliative care search resources I should have mentioned?