Over the last couple of months The American Journal of Nursing has been publishing a series of articles that discuss the process of conducting a systematic review. Below I have provided the links to the articles in case you are interested. I have also provided links to some other articles that discuss the literature review process as well. Each of these articles can be accessed by clicking on each one as they are hyper-linked. You will be asked to login with your eID and password to access them. If there is ever anything I or the library can do to assist you with your literature reviews, please do not hesitate to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or thelibrary directly.
American Journal of Nursing – Systematic Reviews Step-By Step Series
When it comes to conducting your searches, I would highly recommend that you consult with a librarian. The databases you choose to search may have nuances that you are unaware of or there may be databases that you are not aware of that you need to search. Getting some assistance from a librarian can help to insure that your search is as complete as possible. Also, the Institute of Medicine’s Finding What Works in Health Care Report (2011) standard (3.1.1) for systematic reviews suggests the review team “work with a librarian or other information specialist trained in performing systematic reviews to plan the search strategy.”
PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses): Evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. The PRISMA Statement consists of a 27-item checklist and a four-phase flow diagram.
AGREE II Instrument: Tool assesses the methodological rigor of how a clinical practice guideline was developed.
The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health has developed a website that is free to the public. The website is a compilation of weekly disease reports and surveillance tables dating back 125 years. Some of the diseases analyzed are smallpox, polio, measles, rubella, mumps, and pertussis. This evidence could be useful in tracking and eradicating diseases.
The data is broken into different levels that are described below.
A new resource that I think may be of interest. It is called Simply Map and will be very useful if you are wanting to explore the demographics of a particular region, like when trying to plan interventions into the community. Please let me know if you have any questions about it and more information about the resource is below.
This is a web based Geographic information Systems (GIS) application that could be useful to users who are looking to explore data on a particular area or region. The application allows users to be develop interactive thematic maps and export high-resolution images to word processing or presentation software. The interface is very user friendly and something that has a very short learning curve. Some of items of interest about the database are:
Users can access thousands of demographic, business, and marketing data variables. Data for all geographies include census block-groups, census tracts, ZIP codes, cities, counties, states, and the entire United States.
Data Variables Available:
Historical census data: 1980, 1990, 2000
Answers to frequently asked questions about disease, health status, doctor visits and more.
Health Questions Age 18+ & under 18
Users can select, sort, and compare data across multiple locations and build custom reports that can be exported to a spreadsheet for additional functionality.
Users can explore historical census data to understand how regions change over time and use estimates and projections to analyze current and future trends.
Combine locations and search for areas based on specific criteria.
To save your work, you will need to create a personal workspace using your VCU email address.
When you first use Simply Map, if you pick the “launch standard report” option there will be a short tutorial.
VCU Libraries now has access to PsychiatryOnline. This is a database that contains a variety of resources from the American Psychiatric Society, with one of those resources being the DSM V. Some of the other resources you can access through this resource are:
DSM® Library titles including DSM-IV-TR®, DSM-IV-TR® Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, and DSM-IV-TR® Clinical Cases
Journals including The American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services, Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, and Academic Psychiatry
Textbooks including The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry, Gabbard’s Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, Textbook of Psychotherapeutic Treatments, The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment, The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychopharmacology, and Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology
American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines for the treatment of psychiatric disorders
Clinical & research news from Psychiatric News
Medication information handouts for patients
(Some Information Taken Directly from Database About Section)
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation since 2005 has been issuing policy briefs about nursing’s future. The birefs cover a wide array of issues/topics. These Charting Nursing’s Future are now compiled in an archive that can be accessed at the link below.
With most of the provisions of theThePatient Protection and Affordable Care Act taking effect in January, 2014 a overburdened health care delivery system will be more stressed by an increase in those seeking healthcare. To help offset that burden there is an increased call to enable nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training. This is reflected in a recently reflected in a brief that was produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Below you will find the RWJF policy brief as well as some other articles and resources on the topic.
Articles – Just past the PMID number into PubMed to find the article
Kuo, Y., Loresto, F. L., Rounds, L. R., & Goodwin, J. S. (2013). States with the least restrictive regulations experienced the largest increase in patients seen by nurse practitioners. Health Affairs, 32(7), 1236-1243. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2013.0072
Dill, M. J., Pankow, S., Erikson, C., & Shipman, S. (2013). Survey Shows Consumers Open To A Greater Role For Physician Assistants And Nurse Practitioners. Health Affairs, 32(6), 1135-1142.
Sangster-Gormley, E., Martin-Misener, R., & Burge, F. (2013). A case study of nurse practitioner role implementation in primary care: what happens when new roles are introduced?. BMC nursing, 12(1), 1.
Ryan, M. E., & Ebbert, D. W. (2013). Nurse Practitioner Satisfaction: Identifying Perceived Beliefs and Barriers. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 9(7), 428-434. (Not in PubMed)
ThePatient Protection and Affordable Care Act or Obamacare , as it has also been called, continues to be implemented with many of the major parts of the act taking effect in January, 2014. Because of the effect these changes are going to have on the healthcare system there are many questions people have about the act and the effect it will have on them. Below are some resources that may be helpful in answering these questions.
Well summer is here and while things at the library are quiet, I have had some time to do some reading. In doing that reading I have found some articles that touch on nursing practice and I thought could be interest. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to assist you with your research and have a great rest of the semester.
Reuben, D. B., Ganz, D. A., Roth, C. P., McCreath, H. E., Ramirez, K. D., & Wenger, N. S. (2013). Effect of nurse practitioner comanagement on the care of geriatric conditions. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 61(6), 857-867. doi:10.1111/jgs.12268 – PMID: 23772723
Article about the research article above : “NPs valuable in care of chronic geriatric conditions | National Nursing News” ( http://bit.ly/15YdrjT )
This past week the entry below on PBS was called to my attention. It is a piece that talks about different types of nurses, as well as the importance nurses play. The article/web entry below talks specifically about some of the different roles nurses can play and the video expands on that.