Is the coverage of google scholar enough to be used alone for systematic reviews
BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2013 Jan 9;13(1)
Jean-François G, Laetitia R, Stefan D.
This JAMIA study looks at a) the types of questions residents are asked, and b) the sources they consult, if any, to answer them. Note: The range of questions is broad, so the focus isn't on questions/sources that generally concern us.
Bass EJ, Devoge JM, Waggoner-Fountain LA, Borowitz SM. Resident physicians as human information systems: sources yet seekers. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2012 Dec 25. PMID: 23268485.
I don't think it's reasonable to expect point of care resources to be 100% current all the time, but the number of outdated topic summaries in some is substantial:
Source: PMID 23220465
The authors suggest further research be done to improve updating efficiency, which makes me wonder what a reasonable expectation for currency is. A new study should be evaluated and considered w/i the context of current recommendations before it's added to one of these resources. How quickly can this be done? How much can the process be automated?
FWIW: Of the 4 in this study, Dynamed seems to balance update speed and quality the best.