bims-librar Biomed News
on Biomedical librarianship
Issue of 2022‒03‒06
twenty-six papers selected by
Thomas Krichel
Open Library Society

  1. Med Ref Serv Q. 2022 Jan-Mar;41(1):41(1): 95-107
      This column introduces a new recurring section, and its editors, in Medical Reference Services Quarterly. The inaugural column addresses the ways in which academic medical libraries define and deliver essential services in the shifting landscape of budget constraints, an ongoing pandemic, and user needs that change as technology evolves.
    Keywords:  Academic health sciences libraries; academic library operations; academic medical libraries; library service models
  2. Med Ref Serv Q. 2022 Jan-Mar;41(1):41(1): 41-53
      This article focuses on providing virtual reference services at the MCPHS University Libraries as a response to the physical space closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The study emphasizes the importance of interdepartmental collaboration between all library staff members, and highlights important enhancements implemented to successfully meet the growing demand for live chat services and research consultations. Enhancements include expanding online chat hours, offering individualized virtual reference sessions, and integrating Zoom functionality into LibAnswers platform. Extensive data findings allowed for critical decision-making about eliminating the reference desk on one of the campuses, training student workers, and scheduling library staff for virtual services.
    Keywords:  COVID-19; health sciences libraries; triage staffing model; virtual reference services
  3. Med Ref Serv Q. 2022 Jan-Mar;41(1):41(1): 117-125
      Formal training or education, in pedagogy in library school or as part of job onboarding process, remains sparse, despite being a required qualification for a significant portion of academic librarian positions. This situation often leaves early career librarians left to piece together their knowledge of effective teaching strategies. This article discusses the experience of an early career librarian in learning pedagogical practices as well as the specific needs of a new discipline. Considerations of barriers, such as imposter syndrome and what the librarian wishes had gone differently, are covered.
    Keywords:  Academic librarian; competencies; early career librarian; health science librarians; library instruction; pedagogy
  4. Med Ref Serv Q. 2022 Jan-Mar;41(1):41(1): 1-12
      Health science libraries are ideally suited for proactive Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts, as their work and spaces transcend disciplinary boundaries. In 2018, a DEI Team was created by the Health Science Center Libraries at the University of Florida, with the purpose of improving the library's climate for its diverse patrons and employees. This article provides an overview of the Team's formation and development, including its charge, culture, structure, teamwork, leadership, and reporting processes. Recommendations are offered for other libraries seeking to establish similar committees.
    Keywords:  Diversity; equity; health science libraries; implementation strategies; inclusion; medical libraries; organizational culture; practical applications
  5. Med Ref Serv Q. 2022 Jan-Mar;41(1):41(1): 26-40
      This article provides the results of an investigation into how health sciences librarians with user experience (UX) duties describe their roles and initiatives. Through an online survey, 40 respondents provided details on institutional demographics, work plans, participant recruitment, and data collection. Four interviews were also conducted. This investigation provides perspectives on UX within the health sciences library (HSL) environment including barriers and successes. It is hoped that the results of this article will influence research into timely and efficient UX initiatives within HSLs and provide librarians, staff, and administrators the information they need to support decision making.
    Keywords:  Health science libraries; UX; librarianship; user experience
  6. Med Ref Serv Q. 2022 Jan-Mar;41(1):41(1): 54-66
      To ensure academic standards are met for athletic training curriculums, it is essential that librarians and faculty understand student research habits and information literacy instruction preferences. This article provides results from a survey of undergraduate athletic training students conducted at two universities. Athletic training students prefer information literacy instruction at the beginning of the semester. When seeking research assistance, students ask their classmates first, followed by friends and Google. Most students spend up to 60 minutes researching online before seeking assistance and prefer in-person communication for assistance from the library followed by email.
    Keywords:  Academic libraries; athletic training; information literacy; research assistance; research habits
  7. Med Ref Serv Q. 2022 Jan-Mar;41(1):41(1): 86-94
      Searching the athletic training literature can be confusing and overwhelming with many possible databases for locating relevant peer-reviewed scholarship. Finding evidence-based literature from respected publications is helpful in clinical decision-making for athletic training practitioners. This column details recommended databases and search tips to help students, staff, clinicians, and faculty in the field of athletic training find the literature they need to help make evidence-based decisions and to stay current with the published literature. Databases discussed include Cochrane, PubMed, SPORTDiscus, CINAHL, PEDro, Sports Medicine, and Education Index (formerly Physical Education Index), and Google Scholar.
    Keywords:  Athletic training; database search tips; literature searching; online databases; review; sports medicine
  8. Med Ref Serv Q. 2022 Jan-Mar;41(1):41(1): 67-79
      How might one identify, via publicly accessible websites, research-active specialists at an academic medical center? As a case study, health-informatics specialists were identified at two academic medical centers: University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, and University of Maryland-Baltimore. Four types of data about researchers were sought: frequency of publication, frequency of citations, money from grants, and patents. Based on frequency of published articles, one center favored bioinformatics and cardiology, whereas the other produced more results in nursing and radiology. Interestingly, different patterns were found across different data sets. This bibliometric method contrasted with the method of searching for active researchers via a web portal showing board-certified specialists at a particular institution. This alternative approach was tried for informatics and sleep medicine, and the bibliometric method seemed to produce better recall and precision.
    Keywords:  Academic medical center; bibliometrics; grants; health informatics; patents
  9. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs. 2022 Mar 04.
      BACKGROUND: Evidence-based practice in nursing is challenging and relies on the sources of information used by nurses to inform clinical practice. An integrative review from 2008 revealed that nurses more frequently relied on information from colleagues than information from high-level sources such as systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.AIMS: To describe the information sources used by registered nurses to inform their clinical practice.
    METHODS: An integrative review was conducted according to the PRISMA guidelines, based on empirical research studies published from January 2007 until June 2021. The included studies were appraised, following which the identified sources of information from quantitative studies were compiled and ranked. Finally, the qualitative text data were summarized into categories.
    RESULTS: Fifty-two studies from various countries were included. The majority of studies employed a quantitative design and used original instruments. Peers were ranked as the number one source of information to inform nurses' clinical practice. However, computers and reference materials are now ranked among the top four most used information sources.
    LINKING EVIDENCE TO ACTION: Improvement in computer and information searching skills, as well as the availability of computerized decision support tools, may contribute to nurses' frequent use of digital sources and reference material to inform clinical practice. This review shows that nurses' most frequently reported peer nurses as their source of information in clinical practice. Information sources such as computers and reference materials were ranked higher, and information from patients was ranked lower than in the 2008 review. Developing and standardizing instruments and ensuring high-quality study design is critical for further research on nurses' sources of information for clinical practice.
    Keywords:  evidence-based practice; integrative review; registered nurses; sources of information
  10. J Mol Biol. 2022 Feb 25. pii: S0022-2836(22)00088-2. [Epub ahead of print] 167514
      PubChem ( is a public chemical database at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Visited by millions of users every month, it plays a role as a key chemical information resource for biomedical research communities. Data in PubChem is from hundreds of contributors and organized into multiple collections by record type. Among these are the Protein, Gene, Pathway, and Taxonomy data collections. Records in these collections contain information on chemicals related to a given biological target (i.e., protein, gene, pathway, or taxon), helping users to analyze and interpret the biological activity data of molecules. In addition, annotations about the biological targets are collected from authoritative or curated data sources and integrated into the four collections. The content can be programmatically accessed through PubChem's web service interfaces (including PUG View). A machine-readable representation of this content is also provided within PubChemRDF.
    Keywords:  bioactivity; bioinformatics; cheminformatics; drug discovery; public chemical database
  11. Ther Innov Regul Sci. 2022 Mar 03.
      Medical information (MI) professionals are primarily responsible for researching and responding to unsolicited requests for information on their company's product(s). In an effort to set a standard for quality, the Pharma Collaboration for Transparent Medical Information (phactMI) created a code of practice for the provision of medical information to healthcare professionals. This code introduced the term "MI science skills" to describe the expertise required to perform the duties of an MI professional. These skills can be summarized by the acronym DRESS. In order to effectively and efficiently respond to an unsolicited request for information, the MI professional essentially follows five steps: define the question, research the topic, evaluate the evidence, synthesize a response, and share the answer. As this approach mirrors the scientific process for data generation, MI scientist may be a more apt description for this role. This paper explains the rationale behind the term MI scientist and the skills associated with each component of the DRESS approach.
    Keywords:  Literature review; Medical information inquiry handling; Medical information practice; Medical information science skills; Medical information service
  12. Cureus. 2022 Jan;14(1): e21550
      OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the content, quality, and reliability of YouTube videos on colorectal cancer screening. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cause of death worldwide.METHODS: A basic search was conducted on the YouTubeTM website on November 19, 2020, using the English keywords "colorectal cancer screening," without using any filter. The videos were categorized into five groups according to the source and then each video was evaluated by three physicians. The videos were compared in terms of the quality of the information, and their reliability and comprehensiveness, according to the sources.
    RESULTS: Of the 137 videos included in the study, 74 (54%) were categorized in the useful information group and 63 (46%) in the misleading information group. It was found that most (47.3%) of the videos in the useful information group were uploaded by academic-based sources. Conversely, most (46%) of the videos in the misleading information group were uploaded by for-profit companies, private hospitals, and medical advertisements. An analysis of the video features according to the upload source revealed that the total views (p=0.023), likes (p=0.004), and viewer engagement with the video (p=0.026) were higher in the public spotlight videos group. Conclusionsː The quality of public spotlight videos with high viewing rates and audience interaction should be increased to inform the public. In addition, there is a need for videos containing comprehensive and accurate information to be uploaded to YouTube, which is an important source of information today, by universities, health organizations, and doctors who do not make a profit (financially) from the results.
    Keywords:  cancer; colorectal neoplasms; early detection of cancer; quality; youtube
  13. Dent Traumatol. 2022 Feb 28.
      BACKGROUND/AIM: Tooth avulsion (TA) is a severe form of traumatic dental injury. The tooth's prognosis depends on the immediate measures taken. First responders are often laypeople, and the Internet is a favored platform to access health-related information. The aim of this descriptive study was to evaluate the accuracy, quality, readability, and popularity of patient-oriented web information regarding the emergency management of TA.METHODS: Three search engines (Google, Bing, and were browsed with six VPNs using "knocked out tooth," "fallen out tooth," and "tooth avulsion" as keywords. The top 20 results for each were evaluated. Webpages were included if they had information oriented to caregivers. They were analyzed for accuracy (cutoff ≥95%). Quality of web pages was assessed using DISCERN and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) benchmark. Readability was evaluated using Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level (FKGL), Gunning Fog (FOG), Coleman-Liau Index (CLI), and Simple Measure of Gobbledygook (SMOG). Popularity was assessed by Alexa Popularity Rank (APR). Accurate and inaccurate webpages were compared using chi-square analysis and the Mann-Whitney U test. Spearman's correlation between the studied metrics was established. A p < .05 was considered significant.
    RESULTS: Seventy-two webpages were included, of which 23 (32%) were accurate. The median DISCERN ratings for accurate and inaccurate webpages were 3.0 [2.5-3.0] and 3.0 [2.0-3.0], respectively (p = .331). Ten (44%) accurate and 12 (24.5%) inaccurate webpages had high-quality JAMA (p = .089). The median readability scores for accurate webpages were FKGL (8 [6.75-9.2]), FOG (10.6 [9.55-12.3]), CLI (7 [6-7]), SMOG (6.7 [6.15-7.5]), while scores for the inaccurate webpages were FKGL (7.85 [6.275-8.525]), FOG (10.55 [8.875-11.425]), CLI (7 [7-8.25]), and SMOG (7 [6.2-7.925]), with a higher CLI score for inaccurate webpages (p = .0035). The median APRs for accurate and inaccurate webpages were 1,02,538 [26,852-14,43,755] and 7,63,190 [2,19,799-29,92,067], respectively (p = .163). Accuracy had a positive correlation with quality (DISCERN: rho = .293, p = .013; JAMA: rho = .249, p = .036), while popularity (APR) was negatively correlated with quality (DISCERN: rho = -.330, p = .013; JAMA: rho = -.287, p = .032).
    CONCLUSION: Relevant webpages were limited and had low accuracy. This can impact the emergency management by laypeople and adversely affect the prognosis following avulsion.
    Keywords:  DISCERN; emergency management; internet; tooth avulsion
  14. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2022 Feb 14. pii: S0301-2115(22)00060-4. [Epub ahead of print]271 177-182
      OBJECTIVES: Many women will seek information online about induction of labour. However, the quality of the available information varies greatly and there are no regulations regarding the content that is published. Our objective was to systematically evaluate the quality of online health information on induction of labour.STUDY DESIGN: We established a bespoke search strategy with our public and patient representative using common induction of labour search terms. In January 2021 we used the metasearch engines Dogpile, Duckduckgo and Ecosia to identify relevant websites and additional searches were undertaken using different google platforms. We included all open access websites in English which provided specific advice to women on induction of labour. We assessed the quality of the websites for their credibility, accuracy, readability, and content quality in duplicate. The websites were compared according to their source of funding, target user and whether they were pregnancy specific websites or generic. There was no funding for this project.
    RESULTS: We screened 2875 websites from the searches. 221 websites were included out of which only 45 (20%) were pregnancy specific and 109 (50%) had governmental funding. Generic websites had higher credibility (median 6.0 vs 5.5; p = 0.031), accuracy (median 10.75 vs 9.5; p = 0.042) and quality scores (median 45.0 vs 40.0; p = 0.036) than pregnancy specific ones. Those with governmental funding had higher quality scores than commercially funded ones for credibility (median 6.5 vs 5.5; p = 0.002), accuracy (median 13.5 vs 9.0; p < 0.000), readability (72.2 vs 61.2; p = 0.001) and quality (51.0 vs 38.5; p=<0.000).
    CONCLUSIONS: The quality of online health information on induction of labour is varied. Governmental websites seem to offer better quality information to pregnant women awaiting induction of labour.
    Keywords:  Consumer health information; Induced labor; Online; Pregnancy; Systematic review
  15. Front Oncol. 2022 ;12 789956
      Background: TikTok is the world's fastest-growing video application, with 1.6 billion users in 2021. More and more patients are searching for information on genitourinary cancers via TikTok. We aim to evaluate the functional quality and reliability of genitourinary cancer-related videos on it and share our thoughts based on the results for better public health promotion.Materials and Methods: We retrieved 167 videos on bladder, prostate, and kidney cancer from TikTok. Only 61 videos (36.53%) met the inclusion criteria and were eventually regarded as sample videos. Each video's length and descriptions, hashtags, number of views/likes/comments, forms of expression, and the uploader's profile were included. Three validated assessment instruments: the Hexagonal Radar Schema, the Health on the Net Code scale, and the DISCERN instrument, were used for evaluating the quality and reliability of the information. All misinformation was counted and categorized. Univariate analysis of variance was performed for analyzing the results. The Post-Hoc least significant difference test was conducted to explore further explanation.
    Results: Amongst 61 sample videos, healthcare practitioners contributed the most content (n = 29, 47.54%). However, 22 posts (36.07%) were misinformative, and the most common type was using outdated data. More than half of the videos could provide good (> 1 point) content on the diseases' symptoms and examinations. However, the definition and outcomes were less addressed (tied at 21%). The HONcode scale and the DISCERN instrument revealed a consistent conclusion that most videos (n = 59, 96.72%) on TikTok were of poor to mediocre quality. Videos published by media agencies were statistically better in terms of reliability and overall score (P = 0.003 and 0.008, respectively). Fifty-three videos (86.89%) had at least two unexplained medical terms. Healthcare professionals tend to use professional terms most (mean = 5.28 words).
    Conclusions: Most videos on genitourinary cancers on TikTok are of poor to medium quality and reliability. However, videos posted by media agencies enjoyed great public attention and interaction. Medical practitioners could improve the video quality by cooperating with media agencies and avoiding unexplained terminologies.
    Keywords:  TikTok; genitourinary cancer; quality; reliability; social media
  16. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2022 Mar 04. 1-22
      OBJECTIVE: This study aims to assess the contents of COVID-19 vaccine related videos available on iQiYi, which is a popular video website in mainland China.METHODS: The phrases ""(COVID-19 vaccine) and ""(the abbreviation of "" according to Chinese habits) were searched separately on iQiYi on July 1, 2021. The 200 most popular videos of each search were screened. Video content and characteristics were identified, extracted and independently rated against Global Quality Scale (GQS), Health on the Net Foundation Code of Conduct (HONCode) and DISCERN principle by two authors.
    RESULTS: Ninety videos, with a total of 1165596 views, 14498 likes, and 1450 forwards as well as 95 comments at the time of data collection were included in the study. The channels, sources, topics and formats of the videos were diversified. The majority of videos received high scores on GQS and all the videos partly adhere to HONCode and DISCERN principle.
    CONCLUSIONS: Overall quality of information on iQiYi regarding COVID-19 vaccines remains good. However, existing evaluation tools cannot reflect the complexity of video websites. New and more effective tools or standards should be developed to help people understand the modern landscape of health communication better.
    Keywords:  COVID-19; public health; social media; vaccine; video website
  17. Int J Med Inform. 2022 Feb 26. pii: S1386-5056(22)00046-6. [Epub ahead of print]161 104732
      BACKGROUND: Regenerative endodontic procedures (REPs) are one of the most important developments in dental practice, and in the era of Covid 19 pandemic, audio-visual contents of YouTube™ could be an information source for dental students, practitioners and patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the quality, content and the demographics of YouTube™ videos about REPs.METHODS: A search on YouTube™ was performed for REPs using "endodontic regeneration", "pulp regeneration", "regenerative endodontics", "regenerative endodontic procedures", "revascularization" and "revitalization" keywords. Totally 531 videos were found and 60 videos met the inclusion criteria. Following the assessment of the demographic features of the videos and the viewing rate of the videos were calculated. The content of the videos was evaluated based on the selected headings. The quality of the videos was assessed using the video information, quality index (VIQI), Global Quality Score (GQS) and DISCERN. The statistical analysis was performed using Spearman Correlation and linear regression analysis.
    RESULTS: Majority of the videos about REPs were created by dental professionals (91.7%). The most commonly covered topic was "clinical application" (76.7%). Total content score showed a positive correlation with total VIQI (r = 0.795; p < 0.001) and GQS (r = 0.952; p < 0.001). There were significant relationships between total content score, duration, GQS, total VIQI score and DISCERN.
    CONCLUSION: The findings revealed that YouTube™ videos about REPs provide predominantly clinical information about patient chairside practice of REPs and they could be considered as a supplementary information source for dental students and practitioners.
    Keywords:  COVID-19; Online education; Regenerative endodontics; Revascularization; YouTube™
  18. Arch Physiother. 2022 Mar 03. 12(1): 5
      BACKGROUND: Lymphedema is defined as the abnormal accumulation of interstitial fluid and fibro-adipose tissues resulting from injury, infection, or congenital abnormalities of the lymphatic system. The gold standard approach in the treatment of lymphedema is Complete Decongestive Therapy and it has many components that require practical knowledge and skills. YouTube can be a useful tool to provide these skills to healthcare professionals and patients. The aim of this study was to examine the videos about lymphedema rehabilitation on YouTube and analyze their technical features, sources, contents, educational value and reliability.METHODS: The YouTube database was searched using the "lymphedema rehabilitation", "lymphedema treatment", "complete decongestive therapy", "lymphedema massage", and "lymphedema exercises" keywords. Two reviewers (Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist) assessed videos for educational quality using a Global Quality Scale (GQS). To evaluate the reliability the 5-point Discern scale was used.
    RESULTS: A total of 90 videos, which met the inclusion criteria were included in the analysis. The mean duration of the videos was 8.9 ± 10.5 min. The mean number of daily views was 22.7 ± 47.1 for a day. The majority of the videos were created to inform patients (57.8%).The uploaders were mostly private healthcare institutions or healthcare professionals (65.6%). Information providers were lymphedema therapists mostly (63.3%). Manual lymphatic drainage was observed to stand out as the most mentioned lymphedema rehabilitation component on YouTube. The mean of reliability and GQS scores of the videos were 2.2 ± 1.0 and 2.7 ± 1.0, respectively.
    CONCLUSIONS: The biggest obstacle for YouTube to be an excellent source of information is that it hosts large volumes of uncontrolled and low-quality data. When Youtube content related to lymphedema rehabilitation was examined, it was observed that many videos were quite insufficient and incomplete even though there were useful videos. If careful controlling measures are implemented and if medical videos aim to meet reliability and GQS criteria, YouTube can become an effective and useful source of information for lymphedema rehabilitation.
    Keywords:  Exercise; Internet; Lymphedema; Massage; Patient education; Therapy
  19. Front Res Metr Anal. 2021 ;6 706164
      Under the background of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), online health information seeking has become one of the most important information needs of the public and even the only channel for health information seeking in this special period. A review of the research on online health information-seeking behavior will help give full play to the previous academic research, further emphasize the necessity of online health information-seeking research, and promote the development of research in this field. This study firstly presents the research overview of online health information-seeking behavior by using the informetric method. Secondly, an overview is carried out from the perspective of online health information platforms, groups, quality, satisfaction, etc., to explore the influencing factors and their relationships in the process of online health information seeking. On this basis, the existing behavioral models are integrated and sorted out to build a new behavioral theoretical model in line with the current online health information seeking.
    Keywords:  information behavior; model construction; network analysis; online health information; review
  20. J Med Internet Res. 2022 Mar 03.
      BACKGROUND: Electronic health (eHealth) literacy is defined as the ability to seek, obtain, and decipher online health information (OHI) for health and disease management. Rapid developments in eHealth (e.g., healthcare services and information provided online), place increased demands on patients to have high levels of eHealth literacy. Yet, greater emphasis on eHealth may disproportionately affect groups with limited eHealth literacy. Cultural background, language, and eHealth literacy are influential considerations that affect access, healthcare utilization, successful use of eHealth resources, and may influence OHI seeking for behavioral change for cancer prevention.OBJECTIVE: Guided by the Preventive Health Model (PHM), this study characterized the extent of OHI seeking and eHealth literacy among Spanish language-dominant (SD) Latino adults ages 50-75, and examined associations between sociodemographic characteristics, PHM constructs, OHI, and eHealth literacy.
    METHODS: Participants (N=76) self-identified as Latino, were enrolled in a colorectal cancer (CRC) screening education intervention, ages 50-75, at average risk for CRC, not up to date with CRC screening, and preferred receiving health information in Spanish. This analysis describes sociodemographic characteristics, health beliefs, OHI seeking, and eHealth literacy (among those seeking OHI) assessed at enrollment. Descriptive analyses were first performed for all variables. Next, univariate logistic analyses were performed to assess associations with OHI. Finally, univariate multiple linear regression analyses were performed to assess associations with eHealth literacy among those who reported seeking OHI.
    RESULTS: Sixty-seven percent of participants were female (n=51), sixty-two percent reported not having graduated high school (n=47), and forty-one percent reported unemployment or an annual income of less than $10,000 (n=31). Additionally, 75% of participants reported not having health insurance (n=57). Seventy-one percent of participants (n=54) reported not having sought OHI for themselves or others. Among those seeking OHI (n=22), 27% percent (n=6) were at risk for low eHealth literacy based on an eHealth Literacy Scale (eHEALS) score less than 26. Univariate logistic regression suggested that higher educational attainment was significantly associated with an increased likelihood of having sought OHI (OR=17.4 [95%CI: 2.0 - 150.7]; p=.009). Among those having sought OHI (n=22), univariate multiple linear regression found higher eHealth literacy was significantly associated with higher self-efficacy for screening with Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), OR=1.20 (95% CI: 0.14 - 2.26; p=.02).
    CONCLUSIONS: A high proportion of SD Latino participants had not sought OHI for themselves or others (e.g., family or friends), thus, limiting their potential access to beneficial online resources. Our pilot study communicates preliminary evidence that higher eHealth literacy is occurring among those with higher self-efficacy for CRC screening. Findings highlight there is a need for resources to improve eHealth literacy and reinforce the need to expand investigations among larger sample sizes examining the role of cultural learning preferences, language, and literacy in a growing technological healthcare milieu.
    CLINICALTRIAL: The study was registered with as NCT03078361 ( on March 13, 2017. The first participant was recruited on April 28, 2014, for Phase I and August 10, 2015, for Phase II.
  21. Med Ref Serv Q. 2022 Jan-Mar;41(1):41(1): 80-85
      At the writing of this article at the start of November 2021, 247,416,351 persons have died of COVID-19 worldwide and 46,815,210 have died in the United States.1 Along with the tragic loss has come an infodemic-the widespread of misinformation in social media and published literature. Infodemiology is the study of analyzing the relationship between channels of health information demands and health information supply. Healthcare providers have an important role to quash this misinformation at all information access points. Hospital Librarians and other health information professionals also have a role to play to work with other health professionals, to dispel this misinformation. This article speaks to those two subjects and highlights Dear and "Those Nerdy Girls."
    Keywords:  COVID-19;; Those Nerdy Girls; health information professionals; infodemic; infodemiology; misinformation
  22. Scientometrics. 2022 Feb 21. 1-15
      The paper describes a scheme for the comparative analysis of the sets of Pubmed publications. The proposed analysis is based on the comparison of the frequencies of occurrence of keywords-MeSH terms. The purpose of the analysis is to identify MeSH terms that characterize research areas specific to each group of articles, as well as to identify trends-topics on which the number of published works has changed significantly in recent years. The proposed approach was tested by comparing a set of medical publications and a group of articles in the field of personalized medicine. We analyzed about 700 thousand abstracts published in the period 2009-2021 and indexed them with MeSH terms. Topics with increasing research interest have been identified both in the field of medicine in general and specific to personalized medicine. Retrospective analysis of the keywords frequency of occurrence changes has shown the shift of the scientific priorities in this area over the past 10 years. The revealed patterns can be used to predict the relevance and significance of the scientific work direction in the horizon of 3-5 years. The proposed analysis can be scaled in the future for a larger number of groups of publications, as well as adjusted by introducing filters at the stage of sampling (scientific centers, journals, availability of full texts, etc.) or selecting a list of keywords (frequency threshold, use of qualifiers, category of generalizations).Supplementary Information: The online version contains supplementary material available at 10.1007/s11192-022-04292-y.
    Keywords:  Automatic text analysis; MEDLINE; MeSH; Personalized medicine; Precision medicine; PubMed; Text-mining; Trends