June 2017
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Access to more Resources - That’s new!

Since 2013, TBDHU has shared a resource catalogue with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Library, but this month, collections from Middlesex-London Health Unit and Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health were also added. If you find something and wish to access print books from any one of these added libraries, contact us to arrange a loan.

Hot Topics

The topics listed below have been reoccurring themes from client literature search requests.  Check out some core publications and citations.  If you are interested in more on these topics give us a call.

Community engagement
National Institute of Health.( 2011). Principles of Community Engagement. Department of Health and Human Services. 197 p.

Teen pregnancy 
The US Department of Health and Human Services has an ongoing systematic review process in effect to review Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review. Read their findings, recent updates and the evaluations of individual studies they have retrieved.

Community Gardens
Johnson, B. (2014). Community Garden Management Tookit. Springfield, Massachusetts.115 p.

First Nations
 Maar, M. A., et al. (2011). Thinking outside the box: Aboriginal people's suggestions for conducting health studies with Aboriginal communities. Public Health 125(11):747-533.

School Health  
Cheun, K. et al. (2017). Barriers and Facilitators to sustaining school health teams in coordinated school health programs Health promotion. Health Promotion Practice 18(3): 418-427.

Research News  

Appraisal of academic literature is an important aspect of public health practice. Why?

Sadly, you cannot just assume that experts are experts. Recently, high profile nutrition investigator Dr. Brian Wansink, has had his findings called into question. After asking a student to re-analyze findings from a failed study, sub-group analysis of the failed study was used by Wansink’s lab to publish 5 new research papers reporting statistically significant results. A critical analysis found that the statistical information included in many of Dr. Wansink’s papers did not match with the research conclusions. Read about the nutrition data controversy on Retraction Watch and learn about the practice of p-hacking.

Users wanting to know more about critical appraisal and subgroup analysis may want to request: Trisha Greenhalgh’s book, How to read a paper: The basics of evidence-based medicine  (available through TBDHU) or Gordon Guyatt’s,  Users guides to the Medical Literature: a manual for evidence based clinical practice which can be obtained through interlibrary loan.

Tips & Tricks  

Finding grey literature can be an integral part of the research process and often requires using Google advanced search options.

One simple trick to yield more manageable results is to add filetype:pdf to a search string to only retrieve PDF file formats which are commonly used for official government and organizational documents.
If you’re curious to try other targeted search tools in Google, check out the Advanced Search Page

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