New Pharm-line 2006
Finding the Evidence for Medicines Management
Focus on medicines management, prescribing and pharmacy practice
Tom Burnham, July 2006
New for 2006…
Pharm-line: now the best database for UK pharmacy and medicines management Who should use Pharm-line? New focus on key areas New publication types What do our users say? What’s new features
Best for UK hospital pharmacy…
GHP review on effectiveness of hospital pharmacy (2001)
0 Pharm-line Medline e-PIC HMIC BNI Plus Embase Cinahl 50 100 150
Source: Child et al., Pharmacy World & Science Feb 2004;26(1):44-51
Best for UK prescribing developments…
0 Pharmline 50 100 150
Papers on “supplementary prescribing” in each database
Best for UK pharmacy practice research…
Papers by Prof J Cantrill in each database
Who should use Pharm-line?
Pharmacy managers Pharmacy specialists Teachers Researchers … and of course MI pharmacists
Pharm-line’s site licence gives unlimited use for any number of searchers Costs £562 a year (+VAT, except NHS England)
New focus on key areas…
Pharmacy practice Prescribing Medicines management
Journals covered by Pharm-line include…
European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy Hospital Pharmacist Paediatric and Perinatal Drug Therapy Pharmaceutical Journal PharmacoEconomics Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety Pharmacy Education Pharmacy in Practice Pharmacy Management Pharmacy World and Science Prescriber Prescribing and Medicines Management Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy
New publication types…
BPC, GHP, ESCP etc.
DoH, NICE, etc.
“Grey literature is that which is not published in peer-reviewed journals… it is therefore seldom catalogued in electronic bibliographic databases.” (London Health Observatory, 2004)
User comments: When do they use Pharm-line?
“Pharmacy practice, pharmacy management, medicines management research” “As Medline doesn't cover many pharmacy journals any enquiry that is pharmacy focused would go first to Pharm-line” “Pharmacy practice related enquiries” “Anything to do with management of drugs and pharmacies” “Drug reviews or topic reviews” “Can drug X be used in the treatment of condition Y for off-licence or off-label uses in conditions which wouldn't be well known” “Using Pharm-line is much more helpful than searching the PJ”
User comments: What do they like about Pharm-line?
“Once you know the basics it’s an easier database to use compared to Medline, PubMed, Cochrane etc.” “The advanced keyword search does the thinking for you” “It’s a good system for MI techs” “Like the links to abstracts or full text if available” “I find it very easy to use and feel familiar with the keywords because we use them to code our own enquiries” “Links to articles, clear layout” “The content is good and the links to websites very useful”
What’s new features…
RSS feed facility for selected new records titles to be downloaded to your desktop
“What’s New” box on Pharm-line home page
What RSS can look like…
28 years of abstracting progress…
150000 100000 50000 0 Apr83
Pharm-line now has more than 200,000 records
Pharm-line is also on Datastar…
LINE file on Dialog Datastar Reloaded in January 2006 Includes new features Updated weekly