UCentral Unbound Medicine
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Compatible with iOS for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Also available for Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone.
UCentral is a collection of references focused on evidence-based medicine. I downloaded the iPhone app and logged in with my Penn user account. UCentral includes the following products and options:
MEDLINE Search: The MEDLINE search interface is very basic. You can email each result from the article’s page, but there is no way to save or email sets of results. It does have the option to “favorite” searches in order to run them multiple times.
CDC Yellow Book: (Available offline) This book contains U.S. government recommendations for foreign travel. It covers the latest updates in international health risks. It also provides health professionals with information on immunizations, traveling with special health conditions, traveling with children, immigrant health considerations, and more.
Clinical Evidence: (Available offline) This resource contains evidence-based recommendations published by BMJ on a wide variety of clinical topics.
EE+ Daily POEM (Archive available offline): This is a daily clinical question from Essential Evidence Plus, along with the answer and a brief discussion. The archive can be browsed by topic.
Johns Hopkins ABX Guide : (Available offline) This is a resource containing information primarily about antibiotics. You can also search by/for diagnosis, management, pathogens, vaccines, and brand names.
MEDLINE journals: The default screen is set to show Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, JAMA, and the New England Journal of Medicine. However, you can add more journals by clicking the Add/Remove button in the top right corner. Clicking on a journal title will bring up what appear to be the most recent articles in press (generally a small number of results).
Some MEDLINE results have a link to a visualization tool that UCentral calls Grapherence. Grapherence is similar to Web of Knowledge’s Citation Mapping. It shows a graph of inbound and outbound links to related articles. The articles are represented by color-coded nodes. Clicking on a node brings up the details of each citation. This is a neat feature to support analysis and discovery, but is not available on every article in MEDLINE.