Category: health informatics

Boolean search and how humans think

Boolean Search

You might say that Boolean is designed for humans, so the title of this post is a misnomer. In this post I hope to show that Boolean search is not a magic bullet. If humans miss terms, then Boolean will miss them as well. Adding …

Evaluating systematic reviews

The European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) annual meeting included a number of fascinating workshops. These workshops were revealing perhaps for unintended reasons. What do health librarians do? On the basis of this conference, they largely carry out systematic reviews of clinical trials. …

The Cochrane PICO Finder: how not to trial an interface

At the EAHIL Conference in Basel today, a team from Cochrane gave a workshop entitled “PICO Search: Unlocking the Cochrane data vault”. The PICO principles are a four-fold way of interpreting a clinical trial:

  • Patient, population or problem (what are the characteristics of the patient

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