Smart research – Smart phone apps in palliative care & bereavement

Continuing the theme of smart libraries and smart research tools here are just a few smart phone apps to make keeping up to date with new research in palliative care and bereavement even easier.

PubMed Apps – If you regularly conduct searches for medical literature online you are likely to be familiar with PubMed the National Library of Medicines Medline citation database. PubMed has several smart phone apps both free and fee based.

PubMed on Tap – This app has both a free and a paid version. Pubmed on Tap is the paid version and costs €2.39 while on tap lite is the free version. Both allow for PubMed searching and include reference storage, PDF retrieval from the web, links to full text articles will open in your phone’s browser and both apps integrate the advanced search features of the PubMed database. Of the free PubMed apps  PubMed lite is probably the best though search results are limited to ten items so if you plan on making extensive use of PubMed on your phone it may be worth opting for the full version of PubMed on Tap.

British Medical Journal Logo Like PubMed, The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has a number of apps catering to different specialities from disease specific apps (diabetes, depression) to apps for medical students and a doctors toolkit. Of the BMJ apps, the Best Practice Decision support app is relevant to all allied health professionals. It provides a searchable database of guidelines, evidence and symptom details and facilitates quick access to expert opinion and best practice guides across medical disciplines.

Journal RSS – This is a really useful free app which enables RSS feeds from selected journal publications direct to your phone. You can select journal titles from a range of publishers like Elsevier, Oxford and Nature and  receive RSS updates and table of content alerts.

PalliMed Blog app

PalliMed is a blog dedicated to providing information, research reviews and commentary on Palliative, End-of-Life and hospice care. Its contributors are palliative care physicians and the blog is a valuable resource for new publications and insight on end-of-life issues. The Pallimed app is free  and is available for both iphone and andriod.

Similarly the GeriPal blog aims to provide up to date insight and research reviews on palliative care and geriatrics. The Geripal app is free and provides mobile access to the blog. This is a particularly useful app for anyone with a particular interest in eldercare.

Getting smart at the Therese Brady Library – What is a QR code?

This week (Library Ireland Week) is all about smart libraries, or finding smarter ways to use libraries and access information quickly and while on the move so no better time to introduce you to QR codes.

QR or Quick Response (or Quick Reference) codes are three-dimensional barcodes designed to be scanned by smartphones (iPhone or Android). They act as embedded information links and have begun to appear in magazines, billboards, advertisements business cards and …libraries.

In a library context the QR code works as a rapid route to additional information. To use a QR code you will need a smart phone, or a phone with internet capability (like an iphone, HTC desire or wildfire or Samsung Galaxy to name but a few). The phone’s camera will be able to scan the QR code, or you can download a QR reader app to perform this function. Once scanned the code will open up embedded URL link or information on your phone’s web browser.

Libraries have begun using QR codes to embed quick links in posters and promotional flyers to take you directly to additional support material (for example the posters in the library with QR codes linking to the blog) or to link to subject portals, QR codes can even be seen in some library catalogues to link to further details about the title  (have a look at THIS library catalogue to see QR codes for titles)

To get started check that you have a QR scanner on your phone & scan the code above – for additional details contact Laura in the library.