Read by QxMD helps you keep up to date with new articles

Read by QxMD is an app and website that allows you to discover and read relevant new healthcare journal articles. It does this by enabling you to specify journals, collections, keywords or topics to follow, and suggests relevant new articles that match your criteria. This way, you can build your own personalised alerting service.

It’s free to create an account, and you can link your account to the journal holdings of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, Staffordshire University or Keele University to make downloading PDF copies of articles easier.

On the mobile version, you can store your OpenAthens account so that when you view a paper, the app will attempt to download the PDF version if we subscribe to the journal or if it is available, an open access copy. If you find an interesting paper and it’s not available as a PDF, we can still order a copy for you – you just need to complete an article request form available on our website.

You can add papers to your own virtual collections, recommend papers, and discuss articles.

Read by QxMD covers a wide range of healthcare journals, so you’ll see more than just the ones we subscribe to. This is different to BrowZine, that just covers the journals we have full access to.

We also suggest that you also sign up to KnowledgeShare If you want to keep up to date with new guidance, reports, UpToDate Practice Changing Updates, and other high-level evidence as these materials are not all covered by Read by QxMD.

Trial of VisualDX differential diagnosis tool

VisualDx is, as the name suggests, a visual tool to help with differential diagnosis. It contains over 100,000 peer-reviewed images of medical conditions to show the visual presentation of illness.

You can enter some symptoms and patient details (such as gender and age group) to get suggested diagnoses in order of likelihood, or enter medications to find possible adverse drug reactions. You can also search for a condition to find out more about it and see related images.

A number of libraries across the Midlands and East region are trialling this resource to evaluate a possible subscription, and we’d be very grateful for any feedback which can be send to Jason Curtis in the Shrewsbury Health Library (jason.curtis1@nhs.net). The trial runs until the end of October.

VisualDx can be accessed on a desktop or via mobile app (available for Android and iOS). When accessing it via the desktop version, select ‘Login with OpenAthens’ and enter your account details. Once you are logged in, you can create a personal account that will enable you to use the mobile app.

The mobile app requires a personal account created whilst logged in on the desktop version with an NHS OpenAthens account.

Want to find out more? We’re running apps and e-resources drop-ins in the Learning Centre at RSH on 8th October between 8.30-1.30 and in the Library, Education Centre, PRH on the 9th October between 1-5.

Apps and e-resources drop-ins for National Libraries Week

We’re running two half-day drop-ins during National Libraries Week 7-12 October, which this year celebrates ‘Libraries in a Digital World’.

Pop in anytime during the sessions to find out more about the range of apps and e-resources we provide. Bring along your mobile devices for help in installing and using the resources.

The sessions take place in the Learning Centre at RSH on 8th October between 8.30-1.30 and in the Library, Education Centre, PRH on the 9th October between 1-5.

Libraries Week is a celebration of libraries in all sectors, and in 2019 will celebrate and explore how libraries are engaging communities through technology, building digital skills and confidence, encouraging digital participation and inclusion, supporting health, wellbeing and education and supporting local business and enterprise.

Look out for our Tweets from @sathlibraries during Libraries Week promoting the range of digital resources we provide to support healthcare staff and students.

Library apps for knowledge on the move

We have a growing range of apps available for our resources, to make accessing information on the go even easier, in some cases even when offline.

The library itself doesn’t have a mobile app, but our website is responsively designed to work on any size screen.

UpToDate

Android | iOS

UpToDate is an evidence-based knowledge system that helps clinicians make the right decisions at the point of care. It contains over 10,000 articles, providing evidence-graded treatment recommendations as well as diagnostic and other information for common as well as rare conditions. It also offers thousands of images, clinical calculators and a drug interactions checker.

The mobile app is available to SaTH staff and requires the use of a personal registration created whilst using UpToDate on-site.

BNF (British National Formulary) and BNF for Children

Android | iOS

The BNF/BNFC app is aimed at prescribers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals who need sound, up-to-date information about the use of medicines. It combines the content from the BNF and BNFC, ensuring easy access to BNF information wherever you are.

No authentication required. Works offline.

BMJ Best Practice

Android | iOS

BMJ Best Practice provides access to the latest evidence-based information for healthcare professionals, structured around the patient consultation with advice on symptom evaluation, test ordering, treatment approach and follow up. It also offers clinical calculators, patient information leaflets and some procedural videos.

The mobile app is available to all NHS staff and authentication requires a personal account, which can be created whilst on-site on a SaTH PC, or whilst logged in with an NHS OpenAthens account. Works offline.

BrowZine

Android | iOS

BrowZine allows SaTH staff to browse journals by subject, browse contents pages, bookmark your favourite journals and articles, and in many cases access the full-text with one-click. The mobile App also allows you to download PDF copies of articles for offline reading, and get notifications when new issues of your favourite journals are published.

The BrowZine app is available to SaTH staff and requires an NHS OpenAthens account to authenticate.

Bluefire Reader

Android | iOS

Required to download our e-books to your device for offline reading. Free registration for an Adobe ID required, and an NHS OpenAthens account is required to access and download e-books to your device.

BrowZine now available for SaTH staff and students

We have a new subscription to the BrowZine journal tool for Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust staff. Feedback and usage were both positive in our trial, so we felt we should go ahead and purchase it.

BrowZine allows you to browse journals by subject, browse contents pages, bookmark your favourite journals and articles, and in many cases access the full-text with one-click. The mobile App also allows you to download PDF copies of articles for offline reading, and get notifications when new issues of your favourite journals are published.

Visit our BrowZine page to access our journals on your desktop. If you want to bookmark journals or articles, simply create a free BrowZine account. Alternatively, download the BrowZine app for Android and iOS devices (to use the app, you’ll need an NHS OpenAthens account to authenticate it). The app makes access even easier – as it is NHS OpenAthens authenticated, you won’t have to log in again to get access to articles in most cases, making access literally one-click.

Both the desktop and mobile app versions allow you to add journals to virtual bookshelves, which you can name, and you can also create collections of articles. Both bookshelves and collections are synchronised across desktop and mobile app.

For more information, download our brief guide to BrowZine.

For anyone that is not affiliated to Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, you can still check which journals you have access to by using the ‘Journals’ tab on OmniSearch and selecting your organisation from the dropdown menu.