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About Access Restrictions to Electronic Resources

Access and use of electronic resources made available by the Becker Medical Library are governed by license agreements between the School of Medicine and publishers or third parties. Several of the electronic resources carry some restriction on their use. Access may be restricted by user location, number of concurrent users, and/or password.

In short, most people experience access limitations based on the network to which their computer is connected. Below is a quick breakdown of what can be accessed from various networks.

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AccessMedicine
STAT!Ref
UpToDate Online
AccessMedicine
American Academy of Pediatrics Journals
Applied Clinical Informatics
Harriet Lane Handbook
Red Book Online
ScienceDirect
STAT!Ref
UpToDate Online
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Tips for Finding High Quality Medical Apps

According to a recent market research study, 85% of U.S. physicians own or use a smartphone as part of professional practice [http://bit.ly/Nh5mOZ].  Smartphones and tablets may soon be as ubiquitous in the exam room as stethoscopes, but there are still real concerns about the quality of apps available to medical professionals. Currently there are no regulations in place to ensure the accuracy of medicine apps, and many are created by app designers with no medical experience.  However, this should not discourage physicians, students, or other medical staff from using mobile medicine apps. There are many useful and accurate apps that can help you with anatomy, pharmacology, research, and patient care. You just need to be critical of the apps you find. Here are a few tips:

  • Before purchasing or using an app see if you can find the author /editor’s name and credentials. Reputable apps should provide information about who authored the content.
  • Look for apps published by government entities (e.g. NIH, CDC, NLM, etc.), academic institutions, or reputable publishers (e.g. McGraw Hill, Elsevier, etc.).
  • iTunes (iPhone or iPad) and Google Play (Android) both have medical categories in their app stores. These are good places to look for apps, but you should still appraise them for accuracy and authorship.
  • Consult medical app blogs like imedicalapps.com and mobihealthnews.com for app reviews and latest developments.

Check out the Becker Library Mobile Medicine Resources Guide: www.beckerguides.wustl.edu/mobileresources . This guide lists apps that have been given positive reviews by the medical community and also provides links to apps that are part of Becker Library subscriptions, like UpToDate.

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