NLM Releases New Research Resource for Domestic Violence

The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new health services research resource, Domestic Violence. It is intended to support health services researchers, policymakers, administrators, and practitioners involved in detection, prevention and treatment services for this underserved and often unnoticed community. The scope of this resource includes Intimate Partner Violence, Reproductive and Sexual Coercion, Child Abuse and Maltreatment, and Elder Abuse.

The Domestic Violence resource will assist researchers, both novice and advanced, by providing detailed search queries for key NLM databases: PubMed, PubMed Health, HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects in Progress), and HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources). These searches will enable users to readily discover relevant published medical literature, clinical effectiveness research, ongoing HSR projects, and related datasets, instruments and other tools. In addition, the resource identifies important guidelines, assessment instruments and measures, and includes a structured query for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Guidelines Clearinghouse.

Nature Compares Reference Management Software

In a recent article in Nature, Jeffrey M. Perkell(1) discusses how reference management software can help researchers get control of the flotsam and jetsam of scattered, downloaded PDFs; so they can find relevant articles when they need them. Whether you are in the market for reference management software or are struggling with EndNote, F1000 Workspace, Mendeley, RefWorks or Zotero, librarians can help you.

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1. Perkel JM. Eight ways to clean a digital library. Nature. 2015;527(7576):123-4.

Who knew? The CDC has a tool to assess built environments.

The Built Environment Assessment Tool (BE Tool) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) measures the core features and qualities of the built environment that affect health, especially walking, biking and other types of physical activity. The built environment includes the physical makeup of where we live—our homes, schools, businesses, streets and sidewalks, open spaces and transportation options.

The core features assessed in the BE Tool include:

  • Built environment infrastructure—such as road types, curb cuts and ramps, intersections and crosswalks, traffic control and public transportation.
  • Walkability—for example, access to safe, attractive sidewalks and paths with inviting features.
  • Bikeability—such as the presence of bike lane or bike path features.
  • Recreational sites and structures.
  • Food environment—such as access to grocery stores, convenience stores, and farmers markets.
  • Users can add questions or modules if more detail about an aspect of the built environment is desired (e.g. nutrition environment or pedestrian environment.)
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