Upcoming events

    • 07/14/2022
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online, link will be sent via email one day before the session

    Registration is free and open only to members of the Liberty Chapter


    Marie Ascher


    Baxter SL, Lander L, Clay B, et al. Comparing the Use of DynaMed and UpToDate by Physician Trainees in Clinical Decision-Making: A Randomized Crossover Trial. Appl Clin Inform. 2022;13(1):139-147. doi:10.1055/s-0041-1742216


    Background: Costs vary substantially among electronic medical knowledge resources used for clinical decision support, warranting periodic assessment of institution-wide adoption.
    Objectives: To compare two medical knowledge resources, UpToDate and DynaMed Plus, regarding accuracy and time required to answer standardized clinical questions and user experience.
    Methods: A crossover trial design was used, wherein physicians were randomized to first use one of the two medical knowledge resources to answer six standardized questions. Following use of each resource, they were surveyed regarding their user experience. The percentage of accurate answers and time required to answer each question were recorded. The surveys assessed ease of use, enjoyment using the resource, quality of information, and ability to assess level of evidence. Tests of carry-over effects were performed. Themes were identified within open-ended survey comments regarding overall user experience.
    Results: Among 26 participating physicians, accuracy of answers differed by 4 percentage points or less. For all but one question, there were no significant differences in the time required for completion. Most participants felt both resources were easy to use, contained high quality of information, and enabled assessment of the level of evidence. A greater proportion of participants endorsed enjoyment of use with UpToDate (23/26, 88%) compared with DynaMed Plus (16/26, 62%). Themes from open-ended comments included interface/information presentation, coverage of clinical topics, search functions, and utility for clinical decision-making. The majority (59%) of open-ended comments expressed an overall preference for UpToDate, compared with 19% preferring DynaMed Plus.
    Conclusion: DynaMed Plus is noninferior to UpToDate with respect to ability to achieve accurate answers, time required for answering clinical questions, ease of use, quality of information, and ability to assess level of evidence. However, user experience was more positive with UpToDate. Future studies of electronic medical knowledge resources should continue to emphasize evaluation of usability and user experience.

Past events

05/11/2022 Honoring Patricia Gallagher: Online Knitting Circle
03/29/2022 POSTPONED: Liberty Chapter Journal Club, March 2022
10/18/2021 MLA Liberty Chapter Annual Meeting 2021
08/06/2020 MLA-Phil Annual Meeting 2020
04/05/2019 2019 Annual Meeting of MLA Philadelphia Regional Chapter
11/09/2018 Easy Steps to Building a Team-Based Systematic Review Service-A new model
10/30/2017 MLA-PHIL Fall 2017 Dinner - October 30th @ Distrito Philadelphia
04/18/2017 Medical Library Association - Philadelphia Chapter Annual Meeting
02/03/2017 Winter Social at Yard's Brewing Company
11/04/2016 Fall Social at the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians
10/18/2016 MLA Webinars: Instructional Design Series
09/25/2016 2016 Tri-Chapter Meeting
09/07/2016 Webinar: Getting Started With Statistics
06/08/2016 Webinar: What's new with the Affordable Care Act and what you need to know about it.
03/31/2016 Spring Social
03/04/2016 Continuing Education Event: Data Sharing and Reuse- Roles for Health Science Librarians
02/24/2016 Visualization Technologies Event
12/09/2015 Precision Medicine: What is it and Why Should I Care?
11/12/2015 Data Visualization: Current Tools and Future Trends.
11/04/2015 Dedication of Historial State Marker honoring the founding of MLA
04/21/2015 Cybersecurity and Cyber Liabilities: Critical Issues That Matter To You And Your Organization
03/19/2015 Annual Business Meeting & Continuing Education Event
12/09/2014 ON DEMAND Beyond the Search II: Data Management for Systematic Reviews
12/03/2014 BEYOND THE SEARCH II: Data Management for Systematic Reviews
11/04/2014 ON DEMAND - Beyond Citation Counts: Practical Skills for Measuring Research Impact
10/30/2014 ON DEMAND- Beyond the Search I: Protocol Development and Methodology for Systematic Reviews
10/29/2014 BEYOND CITATION COUNTS: Practical Skills for Measuring Research Impact
10/22/2014 BEYOND THE SEARCH I: Protocol Development and Methodology for Systematic Reviews
05/16/2014 MLA '14 Annual Meeting and Exhibition - Building Our Information Future
04/24/2014 Annual Business Meeting and Continuing Education Event: Systematic Reviews on the Schuylkill
12/11/2013 Research versus research: Sometimes the Little r Is All You Need
11/20/2013 Addressing Hospital Needs and Goals in the Era of the Affordable Care Act and Meaningful Use: What Librarians Need to Know
07/30/2013 Personal Genomics, Personalized Medicine, and You
06/17/2013 Peeling the Onion: Informatics for Librarians
04/18/2013 Philadelphia Regional Chapter 2013 Annual Meeting
03/13/2013 Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error: Librarians on the Inside Track
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