This week our new Education and Outreach Coordinator Margot Malachowski visited 15-40 Connection, a Massachusetts-based organization striving to improve conversations around cancer detection. Our role is to train the staff at 15-40 Connection in best methods of using MedlinePlus and PubMed for looking up cancer information. Margot demonstrated the differences in searching MedlinePlus through Health Topics and through the search box. For those who are interested in researching more deeply, she demonstrated how to use Health Topics pages as an entry point to a PubMed search. Margot gave a brief explanation of MeSH.
Several staff at 15-40 Connection were curious about symptom checkers. Did you know that Symptoms is its own Health Topic in MedlinePlus? For a triage tool, look for linked resources from the American Academy of Family Physicians or go directly to the FamilyDoctor.org symptom checker.