Web site rates latest ED research

Site: Weekly Web Review in Emergency Medicine

Date started: February 1997

Address: www.wwrem.com

Want the latest research that affects your ED? Log on to the Weekly Web Review in Emergency Medicine site, which contains reviews of studies relevant to emergency medicine, such as new guidelines for myocardial infarction.

"I started the site because I saw the Web as a logical tool to shorten the time between when medical literature is published and when it becomes general knowledge," says Leon M. Gussow, MD, ABMT, medical editor of the Web site. In addition, as more medical information becomes available on the Web, each discussion will be linked and cross-referenced to other relevant on-line material, he says. "Finally, by reviewing articles critically, we might contribute to shortening the life span of erroneous or poorly supported information."

Articles from a wide range of journals are reviewed, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Jour nal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, Journal of Trauma, Critical Care Medicine, Circulation, Annals of Emergency Medicine, American Journal of Emergency Medicine, Journal of Emergency Medicine, and Academic Emergency Medicine.

"I write the weekly copy, and a Webmaster uploads the material and updates the site," Gussow explains.

"In many cases, we can link to the full text of the article on the Web site of the original journal." Each article is critically discussed and rated on the basis of one to five stars. "That makes it easy to determine which articles are worth searching out and reading in detail." If there is Web access in the ED itself, the clinician can easily search out and print relevant abstracts and gain access to other resources on the Web, he adds.