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PBL Information Resources and Tools for the First Year: Case #11: Bert O'Neill - A Spoonful of Sugar Won't Help

This guide provides resources and strategies for finding background, clinical and drug information, including evidence-based medicine strategies and specific information for problem-based learning exercises.


Did you know ...  a keyword search in Roger will help you find books that might have your term in the chapter headings? 

So if you need information on something like hiatal hernia - which may return very few results if set for a title search - you will find some great books just by using it as a keyword search.  Look in the Roger record to get more details about the book and look at the chapter headings.

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Bert O'Neill - A Spoonful of Sugar Won't Help

The point-or-care clinical resources (eMedicine and Up to Date) might be very helpful with this case.   

Resources for this case include:

Textbook Suggestions (look left)

GI Motility Online -- a free resource from Nature

National or State Organizations  --   GI Focused

DDX & Symptom Checker Tools

Try this instead of Google for good evidence  -- Trip Database

MedlinePlus -- Search Widget

GI Motility Online

GI Motility Online

A comprehensive resource on the motility of the GI tract that is edited by a couple of doctors with contributions from subject experts.  It is hosted by Nature publishing and for now is freely available.  It provides summaries on key aspects like the physiology of motility of the oral, pharyngeal and esophageal areas as well as possible disorders based on symptoms.  It also has reviews of the anatomy of these areas.  The reviews also cover specific diseases affecting the esophagus.  Pretty nice & with good images.

National & State Organizations

National Organizations - GI Focused

DDX & Symptom Checker Resources

Symptoms and differential diagnositic information is often buried in a number of our resources.  However, a few tools (both online and for your smart phone/PDA) have special tools to help with this process.

Dr. Gates has found a very helpful text within Access Medicine - Symptoms to Diagnosis: An Evidence Based Guide.  Presented through a series of cases of patients complaining of a specific issue, then walks you through buiding the DDX and prioritizing it, and making the diagnosis.  Unlike the interactive tools that give you list, this text helps explain the thinking process. Topics include a variety of non-specific complaints from low back pain to weight loss to GI bleeding, to abdominal pain.  Check out Chapter 1 as an overview of the diagnostic process.  

The books we have include one that helps explain the thinking process (Symptom to Diagnosis) with topics that include a variety of non-specific complaints from low back pain to weight loss to GI bleeding, to abdominal pain.  One book has a list of mnemonics (Collins' book) as well as the symptom info.  Another book (Syed & Rasul's book) is organized by body areas and the last one (DDX of Common Complaints) focuses on the most common symptions and presents the way a doctor might pursue to diagnosis (images & tests).

Also listed below are some of the interactive DDX tools and their advantages.

Online Look-up Tools

Life-long Resources -- MetaSearch Engine

These two resources are available to everyone without a subscription - however we have partnered with both to expand your options for getting to full-text.  These are meta-search engines for clinical resources - it searches through a variety of other search tools to bring you the best clinical resources - many EBM focuses.  In addition to finding systematic reviews and textbooks, you may find images or videos that will help as well as patient information resources.  Check it out. 

MedlinePlus: Information Tool for Patients

MedlinePlus is a great place to find consumer-friendly materials along with directories, a dictionary & encyclopedia, and more.  You can also get a sense of the national organizations with an interest in your topic of interest.  Take a look and see what you find.

Search MedlinePlus: