Information Skills

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Welcome to the ICGP Information Skills Module. Information plays an important role in our lives. With information more accessible through the Internet and the exponential growth in the amount of information available, it is more important than ever to be able to find, use and evaluate this information i.e. become information literate. This module is an introduction to the information skills necessary to assist you to become competent in information retrieval and management.


Module Overview


External CPD Credits: 3
GMS Study Leave: 1/2 day
No. of Lessons: 4 
MCQ Assessment
Certificate of Completion


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This eLearning module is divided into 4 key lessons, which comprise a video presentation conveying the core material; supplementary videos, where non-core material is presented; and relevant printable and downloadable material. There is also an MCQ (Lesson 5) which can be completed to gain your CPD credits.

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    The 4 lessons are as follows:
    • Lesson 1: ICGP LIBRARY & INFORMATION SERVICE 
      The aim of this lesson is to provide a brief background on the ICGP library services and to inform you what resources are available. 
    • Lesson 2: INTRODUCTION TO EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE (EBM) 
      The aim of this lesson is to provide an introduction to evidence-based medicine.
    • Lesson 3: STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO SEARCHING 
      The aim of this lesson is to provide information for the GP author who wishes to write a best practice guideline or perform higher level research on a topic of interest. 
    • Lesson 4: EVALUATING & MANAGING INFORMATION 
      The aims of this lesson are to evaluate and manage information and learn to become adept at keeping up-to-date. 
    • INFORMATION SKILLS MCQ Quiz 
      Click here to take the Information Skills MCQ Quiz. On completion of this module, which includes a short MCQ, you will be awarded 3 External CPD Credits. 

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The Medical Council has defined eight domains of good professional practice. These domains describe a framework of competencies applicable to all doctors across the continuum of professional development from formal medical education and training through to maintenance of professional competence. Since they describe the outcomes which doctors should strive to achieve, doctors should refer to these domains throughout the process of maintaining competence. In order to assist you in planning your professional competence, ICGP eLearning highlight the domains addressed in each module as set out below. 
NOTE: While a number of ICGP modules have a tight focus on one or two domains, most modules endeavour to address all domains to some degree (low, medium, high). This is clearly displayed in the diagram below


The following links are provided to support this eLearning course and to provide you with information for patients. Many are also available within the associated lesson. (Please Note: These are third party links).
Journals
  • ICGP A-Z Online Journals Portal 
    link
  • American Family Physician (US) 
    (Journal - some Full-text free) 
    link
  • Australian Family Physician 
    (Journal Full-text free) 
    link
  • BiomedCentral 
    (Publisher of 206 peer-reviewed open access journals) 
    link
  • British Medical Journal (UK) 
    (Journal - some Full-text free) 
    link
  • Canadian Medical Association Journal 
    (Journal - some Full-text free) 
    link
  • Free Medical Journals 
    link
  • Irish Medical Journal 
    (Journal Full-text free) 
    link
Irish
  • Department of Health and Children (Ireland) 
    link
  • Irish College of General Practitioners 
    (Members log in for Forum full-text) 
    link
  • Irishhealth.com 
    (Ireland's independent health website) 
    link
  • Irish Medicines Board 
    link
  • LENUS, the Irish Health Repository 
    link
  • National Medicines Information Centre Bulletin 
    link
EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE (EBM)
  • Centre for Evidence Based Medicine 
    link
  • BetterTesting.org.uk 
    (Provides information in question/answer style to around 120 clinical scenarios which are frequently seen in general practice and reviews national and international best practice guidance for testing in these scenarios) 
    link
  • Cochrane Library (EBM) 
    (Free access for Ireland) 
    link
  • TRIP 
    (Turning Research into Practice - Free access) 
    link
GUIDELINES AND MEDICAL DATABASES
  • eGuidelines.co.uk 
    link
  • NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) 
    link
  • CKS (Clinical Knowledge Summaries) 
    link
  • Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) 
    link
  • PubMed (Medline) 
    link
ORGANISATIONS
  • Department of Health (UK) 
    link
  • Global Family Doctor 
    (can register for free journal alerts) 
    link
  • Royal College of General Practitioners 
    link
  • WHO 
    link
SEARCH ENGINES/GENERAL WEBSITES
  • Free Books for Doctors 
    link
  • Google 
    (Search engine) 
    link
  • Google Scholar 
    (Search for scholarly literature) 
    link
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