Some of these resources you may use regularly, but check out the breadth of resources available. We often have more than one resource that will address your questions, each in its own way.
Resources for this Case
Textbooks (look left)
DDX Resources -- Redux
Featured Resources : Natural Medicine, Database --Redux
Another Place to Look - Other than PubMed Databases
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 a 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.
Also listed below are some of the interactive DDX tools.
Online & Print Books
Differential Diagnosis in Primary Care
(WB 141.5 C712d 2008) The book lists alphabetically a variety of symptoms. Each category provides a section on the "approach to diagnosis" and other userful tests to consider. Some sections have short case presentations to test your skills.
Differential Diagnosis in Primary Care
(WB 39 R231d 2009) Yep - two books with the same name, different authors. This book presents information organized by areas of the body.
Differential Diagnosis of Common Complaints
(WB 141.5 S467d 2007) The book is organized around common presenting complaints. Sections also include details on associated symptoms, physical findings, diagnostic studies, and presents a summary of these in a handy table format.
Sometimes, an internet search will help you understand what your patients are finding out on the web. But when it comes time for finding good evidence about those items, we have a really great resource for you on alternative, complementary, or integrative medicine: Natural Medicines.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database the information aims for evidence-based practice principles and uses as many references as they can find on their topics. Links to the references allows you to put your EBMI skills to good use in evaluating that component - typed of study and levels of evidence. The interface does a good job at calling attention to possible interactions and the possible strength of the interactions. Search or browse the resource.
Search for guarana and on the results, you can use the links at the top of the list to target what you want or look right below that list for the entire "monograph".
Where Else to Find Info on Herbs & Supplements?
I'm sure you are very familiar with the first one on this list, but how about the others? If the answer is not in Access Medicine what do you do? Each of these 3 collections of textbooks have a few similar texts but also some unique coverage of other topics. I think MDConsult has the best search results page - it provides a bit more detail about your term within the context of the paragraph it is found and it is clear about the results from textbooks as those from the other resources available in that tool.
Don't forget, knowing your question (background or more clinical) can help you know which resource to try.
Last tidbit - all three of these resource have great results for echocardiogram, event, & holter monitoring. You might also like the info on holiday heart. Check one or more of these out.
Once your question starts to bridge over to the bioengineering field, there are other databases to use to see the development and research being conducted. If your question was about electrocardiographic monitoring devices, One of the following resources might give you a picture different that PubMed provides.
You may not need these for the beginning of the case, but here are a couple that could prove useful as you advance to the clerkships. For more on mobile resources - see that online guide.
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Drug Information Resources
From beta blockers to coumadin to many more, if your question concerns a drug or you need to know the drug to use, try one of the following sources. Don't forget you can search for the condition or disease in question. Micromedex has some nice overview tools along with the drug information.
The following 2 resources are the only online drug resources approved by USD Medical Center.
MedlinePlus is a great place to find consumer-friendly materials along with directories, a dictionary & encyclopedia, and more. Take a look and see what you find for smoking cessation.