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Information Sources for Medical Writers

Level:
Foundation
Area:
Professional Techniques
Code:
PTF2
Duration:
03:00:00
Workshop profile:
This workshop will be useful to all medical writers who need to obtain specific medical information in order to complete their writing tasks, ranging from those working for pharmaceutical companies and CROs with large medical information departments, to freelance medical writers with no information support.
Objective:
Medical writers often need access to up to date relevant information in order to produce good quality documents. This workshop will help writers to decide how and where to obtain the information they require and help they be more effective and efficient in obtaining information.
Content:
This workshop will discuss the different types of information sources available including on-line databases, and web sites. It will provide information on the different database providers, what type of information is available from on-line databases and how to choose the most relevant databases and web sites. It will provide tips on the use of search engines, including some specific medical search engines, and provide a practical example of how to use Pubmed to search MEDLINE, (one of the major bibliographic databases for medicine). The workshop will include a practical exercise in identifying appropriate sources to obtain information. Attendees will need access to the internet in order to complete their pre-workshop assignment and post-workshop assignment. However no previous experience of internet use is required and access to fee based services will not be required