Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Internet Offers Wealth of Clinical, Educational, Professional Resources

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Internet Offers Wealth of Clinical, Educational, Professional Resources

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MIAMI BEACH -- The Internet, now "an essential tool for health professionals," offers an abundance of sometimes bewildering resources for psychiatrists, Dr. Raymond Ownby said in a psychopharmacology update sponsored by the University of Miami.

Besides its growing role as a tool for communicating with patients and colleagues and as a promotional forum for medical practices, the Internet also is the gateway to huge volumes of research and practical information.

But navigating this electronic wonderland requires a guide, said Dr. Ownby of the university In a workshop at the meeting, which was also sponsored by the Florida Psychiatric Society, he offered a roster of Web sites that psychiatrists are likely to find useful:

* Medline. Medline is "probably the single most useful resource for health professionals," containing references to more than 11 million articles from the 19605 onward, he said.

Medline can be reached via PubMed by clicking on www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.entrez. A search phrase that results in too many references (for "treatment of schizophrenia," for example) can be narrowed by clicking "Preview / Index" in the area below the search term space and entering additional phrases, such as "cognitive therapy" or "expressed emotion," at the bottom of the page at "Add Terms to Query"

* NIMH. The National Institute of Mental Health, which is a part of the National Institutes of Health, can be reached at www.nimh.nih.gov.

* Psychopharmacology. Several Web sites have useful information on psychopharmacology For example, www.dr-bob.org has an extensive list of resources, including digests of clinical experience, and bulletin boards for practitioners. Free registration is required to use www.gsm.com, which offers access to drug interaction data and product monographs. Updated information on drugs metabolized by the cytochrome P450 system is available at www.georgetown.edu. departments/pharmacology/ clinlist.html.

* Consumer mental health. Consumers looking for mental health information can access a number of Web sites of highly variable quality and dependability. Among those Dr. Ownby recommends: Internet Mental Health (www.mentalhealth.com), which provides basic information about common psychiatric disorders; Mental Help Net (www.mentalhelp. …

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