In 1989, GRATEFUL MED
users represented less than one-half of the total number of users each month; 5 years later, more than three-fourths of the searchers of NLM's databases used GRATEFUL MED
has everything you could ever want to know about MS, from articles in professional journals (Medline), to consumer health information (Medlineplus), to links to MS organizations around the world.
Rural GRATEFUL MED
outreach: Project results, impact, and future needs.
She is most familiar with the Lonesome Doc project, which works with the Grateful Med
search software interface, and she proceeded to describe this system.
One of the projects, Grateful MED
Outreach, not only provided health practitioners with document delivery (LONESOME DOC) and information service, but also provided them with training in searching NLM's online bibliographic databases.
QMR can perform four main functions: (1) generate a differential diagnosis from a set of clinical findings; (2) create a simulation consisting of a set of clinical findings and a "correct" diagnosis; (3) act as an electronic textbook of medicine, profiling diseases by findings, suggested work up, related diagnoses, and relevant journal articles; and (4) link automatically to MEDLINE using Grateful Med
software (this requires purchase and installation of Grateful Med
It may be accessed using the Library's Grateful Med
software for IBM-PC and Macintosh microcomputers.
The volume concludes with two case studies, the first on the development of GRATEFUL MED
, the National Library of Medicine front-end software for microcomputers.
MIC also gateways a couple of dozen U.S.-based NLM files, sells the Grateful Med
front-end search software, offers database training and support, runs an online-based document delivery service, and is currently beta-testing a BBS and E-mail system for the medical community.
Later as a prolific user of Grateful Med
, I accumulated articles of greater relevance, but they remained in similar disarray.
Even though the NLM did not introduce its own system for end-users, GRATEFUL MED
, until 1986, the phenomenon had become widespread through such commercial systems as BRS AFTERDARK, Dialog's Knowledge Index, BRS Colleague, and Paperchase, an NLM grant-developed system.
Because of the availability of CD-ROM reference sources, in-house databases, and end-user MEDLINE interfaces such as GRATEFUL MED
, much effort in library instruction centers on teaching computer searching skills.