PATRICIA RYAN, M.L.S.; DIANE WINAND, M.L.S.; HOWARD L. BLEICH, M.D.; WARNER V. SLACK, M.D.; DOUGLAS PORTER, Ed.D.
To The editor: A study by Haynes and colleagues (1) published last year in Annals drew conclusions that appear to be invalid. These conclusions were presented again in a recent article (2).
The goal of the study was to see which of the currently available computer programs is best suited for clinicians who wish to do their own searches of the biomedical literature. When we read the initial article, however, we were surprised that clinicians had not participated in the study. Rather, the authors used well-trained, experienced, research and reference librarians to compare 17 routes to the MEDLINE database from
RYAN P, WINAND D, BLEICH HL, SLACK WV, PORTER D. Computer Searching of the Medical Literature. Ann Intern Med. ;106:168–169. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-1-168_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(1):168-169.
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