Archive for the ‘Statistics’ Category

GoPubMed: Provides Additional Sorting Options and Statistics to PubMed Searches

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

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GoPubMed is a third party search engine which allows users to search the contents of PubMed through a different interface. Any search done in GoPubMed should search the contents of PubMed and should yield the same results.

Searching in GoPubMed provides more options for sorting to the searcher than PubMed. When a search is performed, the results list not only the titles and abstracts of the matching articles, but GoPubMed also allows the user to see statistics about the articles, such as how many of the articles in the results were published in a given country. In some cases, the “top author” is listed, identified by the number of articles they have in the search results.

GoPubMed also allows the searcher to filter results by:

  • “what” – which contains the terms and knowledge base concepts related to your query
  • “who” -  authors contributing to the articles
  • “where” – where the authors and institutions for the article are located, as well as a limit to specific journals or high impact factor journals as a group and
  • “when” – the year the articles were published.

What GoPubMed does not allow for is advanced searching. It does not have the ability to place limits on the search, such as type of article, language, gender, age, etc. It also does not allow the searcher to limit the search to full text nor does it connect with the UC-eLinks menu.

GoPubMed’s interface is busier then PubMed’s, perhaps to the point of being visually overwhelming for some. Everything is viewed in one window. When one wants to see a full abstract of one of the articles in the results, rather than opening in a new window, the abstract just expands in the original results list. 

Overall, GoPubMed may be useful to those who are interested in the background of the literature on a topic, but as far as the ability to do specific searching for any given topic, it offers little benefit. For specific questions where a thorough search of the literature needs to be conducted, PubMed is recommended.

 <submitted by Caprice Roberson>

Looking for County Health Statistics?

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

The County Health Rankings are a key component of the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) project. MATCH is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

This web site provides access to the 50 state reports, ranking each county within the 50 states according to its health outcomes and the multiple health factors that determine a county’s health. Each county receives a summary rank for its health outcomes and health factors and also for the four different types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Each county can also drill down to see specific county-level data (as well as state benchmarks) for the measures upon which the rankings are based.

<submitted by Tania Bardyn>

Find and Analyze Health-Related Data Using ICPSR

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Health-related survey data can be difficult to find; the ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) is one resource that makes it easy to locate, access, and analyze data from a variety of surveys covering topics like health care costs, access to health care, chronic medical conditions, and aging.

ICPSR hosts and provides online access to the Health and Medical Care Archive, the official data archive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;  the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive, and many other surveys and data archives for areas of social science research. Additionally, ICPSR maintains a database of citations to publications using data from ICPSR.

UCLA students, staff, and faculty can register for a free account and download data, codebooks, and survey instruments from ICPSR for analysis using your own statistical software. ICPSR also provides online data analysis tools for over 500 of the most popular surveys, including the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Study (2001), Medicare Health Outcomes Survey 1998-2007,  responses from the annual National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey from 2002-2005, and responses from the annual National Health Interview Survey from 1987-2006.

Have questions about ICPSR or need help searching or retrieving data? Amy Chatfield, librarian at the Biomedical Library, is UCLA’s designated representative to ICPSR, and is available to help with these tasks. You may also contact ICPSR’s Official Representative at UCLA, Elizabeth Stephenson, Director of the ISSR Social Science Data Archives.

<submitted by Amy Chatfield>

Participate in the National Dialogue for Healthy People 2020

Friday, December 4th, 2009

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services invites comments on the draft set of objectives for Healthy People 2020. For three decades, Healthy People has provided a set of national ten-year health promotion and disease prevention objectives aimed at improving the health of all Americans.

Visit the Healthy People 2020 website to view proposed draft objectives for Healthy People 2020, comment on the proposed objectives, comment on the topic areas, suggest additional objectives, or make a general comment. Your comments will help ensure issues important to you are included in Healthy People. Comments will be accepted through December 31, 2009.

<submitted by Tania Bardyn>