A milestone for TRIP

13 04 2008

WE MADE IT!” EXULTED JON BRASSEY FROM THE TURNING EVIDENCE INTO PRACTICE (TRIP) DATABASE ON HIS BLOG.

IN MARCH TRIP WAS SEARCHED MORE THAN ONE MILLION TIMES! A MILESTONE IN THE HISTORY OF TRIP.

The TRIP-database is a search engine that simultaneously searches many sources. Its primary focus is to help clinicians identify the best available evidence to answer their clinical questions.

In my first Evidence Based Searching Classes (2006) I advocated TRIP as a major tool to search for clinical evidence (next to National Guideline Clearinghouse, the Cochrane Library and PubMed). Although most clinicians recognized its value, they didn’t use it regularly in daily practice, as only the first 3-5 monthly search commands were for free. Since TRIP switched to free access in September 2006, its usage grew enormously. On a worldwide basis, searches increased from around 25,-30,000 to several hundred thousands per month (isn’t that a factor 30-40?) .

Good that TRIP has made it through the transition from a subscription to a free access service. Not only for TRIP, but even more so for its users. Ideally, evidence should be freely available to everyone, shouldn’t it?!

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Afgelopen maand heeft TRIP een mijlpaal bereikt: 1 miljoen (be)zoekers!

DeTurning Evidence into Practice (TRIP) database is een zoekmachine, ook wel grazer genoemd, die verschillende databases simultaan doorzoekt. De nadruk ligt vooral op evidence based clinical practice. Met TRIP willen de makers bereiken dat artsen makkelijker een goed -evidence based- antwoord vinden op hun vraag. Een aantal jaar was TRIP slechts tegen betaling te raadplegen. Sinds dat Jon en collega’s de overstap hebben gewaagd van betalende naar gratis service is het aantal bezoekers drastisch gestegen, tot de climax van 1 miljoen (be)zoekers in maart.


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