Leveraging mobile apps to keep up with massive amounts of medical literature
We live in an amazing time of medical research, with multi-center trials being conducted around the world on a myriad of topics. Coupled with this substantial growth in research is the number of publications released detailing the results. Often, clinicians are responsible to keep up on these new trials and reviews and their implications to practice.
Will a new study increase the utilization of a new treatment? Will a study revoke years of conscious effort to stick to so-called dogma? Will medical guidelines need to be rewritten?
Interestingly, the essence of the matter is that there is a veritable deluge of information overload. I have several times overheard colleagues and others mutter that even if they read several articles a night and stuck to their primary specialization, there would be no conceivable way to keep up with every journal or article published relevant to their practice.
Perhaps the best way I have seen this put was by Alan Fraser and Frank Dunstan in the British Medical Journal in 2010, with their article titled On the impossibility of being expert, wherein they highlight that there are more papers being published than ever before. Pubmed has over 20 million papers listed, there are over 25,000 journals, and it is consistently growing. On top of this, we have multiple open-access journals coming into being with their origins in India and China that are increasing the number of articles being published online.