When researching standards and authoritative references for legal nurse consultant jobs you’ll encounter both databases and websites. Databases are generally more inclusive and more complete than websites, but both have important uses.
A database is generally a collection of indexed data on a given topic (or topics) organized for storage, retrieval and ease of accessibility. Some of these databases will give you full-text access to the documents identified in the search results. Others will return citation-only results or abstracts, both of which require additional search efforts to find the full text or article.
Databases may require some training to search effectively, but almost all have easy to use tutorials that will get you started. As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant you can do the research yourself or you can subcontract it out to another CLNC® consultant who specializes in medical-related research.
To help you research your legal nurse consultant jobs with precision, I asked the CLNC Pros to recommend the databases they use. These are the top 12 medical-related databases recommended by the CLNC Pros:
- AHRQ WebM&M Cases & Commentaries: When you have a case involving a medical error you can search for similar incidents/cases in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web database. The cases, commentaries and associated reference lists can be helpful for research and in guiding you to determine whether the case is meritorious.
- CINAHL: We all remember the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) from nursing school. You can access nursing journals, publications, textbooks, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards, audiovisuals and book chapters. Free trials and different subscription options (including full-text) are available.
- Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) is a database containing evidence-based, systematic reviews and meta-analyses of primary research in healthcare and health policy. This is an excellent resource for researching very specific information.
- Embase: This is a biomedical research database that covers much of the same topics as Medline, but has additional information on drugs, pharmacology, medical devices and clinical medicine. If you’re looking for information on adverse drug events, drug-drug interactions, drug-disease-related biomedical research information and medical devices this is the place to start.
- Essential Evidence Plus: This evidence-based medicine website accesses a variety of databases primarily designed for point-of-care clinical decision support. Included in its resources are abstracts from the Cochrane Systematic Reviews, evidence-based medicine guidelines (EBMG) and summaries as well as select guidelines from the National Guidelines Clearinghouse. It does have an annual subscription fee. Certified Legal Nurse Consultants also love this site for the illustrations.
- MedPix®: The National Library of Medicine has created a free, open-access, searchable database of tens of thousands of medical images targeted to physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. The site is well organized and easily searchable. It can serve as a terrific resource to give your attorney-client a visual understanding of the legal nurse consultant job you’re consulting on. If you don’t find what you need at MedPix follow this link (provided by Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries) for a list of additional medical image libraries.
- MEDLINE: The MEDLINE database contains more than 23 million citations and abstracts from more than 5,600 journals. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides free access to MEDLINE through PubMed (See #11). The main difference between PubMed and MEDLINE is that PubMed searches a broader selection of information which does include MEDLINE. MEDLINE, by itself, allows more focused searching of MEDLINE-only resources and is preferred by researchers. NLM licenses MEDLINE’s content to commercial database vendors such as Ovid MEDLINE® and EBSCO. Vendors offer different search capability as well as citation only or full-text versions. Subscriptions are required by commercial vendors.
- MedScape: This is a database of medical news and point-of-care drug and disease information for physicians and nurses. This database is broken down by specialty and contains a wealth of useful information. It also has an associated free app for both iOS and Android which allows you to get clinical information and medical news wherever you are. With information on 8,500 plus prescription and OTC drugs, clinical tools and reference articles, it provides information that is practical and timely and is a good reference for staying up to date on the latest research.
- National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC): This is the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) public resource for summaries of evidence-based clinical practice guideline summaries. Clinical guidelines are used in healthcare to improve the quality of care and health outcomes. NGC has adopted the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) definition of clinical practice guidelines: “Clinical practice guidelines are statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options.” Healthcare organizations may use a combination of evidence-based guidelines produced by medical societies and government panels as well as commercially-produced guidelines. This database is a great starting resource for guidelines that you can sort by clinical specialty, MeSH® tag or professional organization.
- PsycInfo® and PsycNET®: The American Psychological Association offers a number of databases that can assist you in your psych-related cases. They offer full text books and journals as well as additional resources. You can subscribe on an annual or on-demand basis. You can also browse for free and then elect to pay on an article-by-article basis.
- PubMed: The PubMed database comprises more than 29 million citations from MEDLINE, life science journals and online texts. Citations often include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and other web sites which can be used to support the validity of your opinions. There are also a variety of PubMed mobile apps for iOS and Android. Think of PubMed as a user-friendly face of Medline offering broader content searching. You can limit your PubMed searches to Medline by using NLM’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) terms.
- ScienceDirect: A database of peer-reviewed technical and medical research that you can search with a variety of parameters – specific or general. Some items will be full-text and open access while others will require purchase. This allows you to search journals, authoritative textbooks or both. The Health Sciences section covers medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health professions, pharmacology, toxicology and pharmaceutical science.
Thanks to all the CLNC pros (Dale Barnes, RN, MSN, PHN, CLNC, Marcia Bell, RN, BSN, CAPA, CLNC, Connie S. Chappelle, RN, MN, CLNC, Dorene Goldstein, RNC, BSN, CLNC, Robert Malaer, RN, MSN, PMHN, SANE, CNLCP, CALM, CLNC and Michelle Neal, RN, BSN, CLNC) for sharing their favorite databases for medical-related research.
Use these 12 databases and you’ll find that researching your legal nurse consultant jobs has never been easier.
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P.S. Comment and share your favorite medical-related databases for researching legal nurse consultant jobs.
P.P.S. For more on medical research see the 8/27/19 blog 13 Medical Research Strategies for Legal Nurse Consultant Jobs and the 9/10/19 blog 20 Medical-Related Websites and Apps for Your Legal Nurse Consultant Jobs.