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September 2002

I am having to find my around a new library and track down "distributed" journals this month so the pickings are a little less diverse than usual this month. Still an enjoyable few hours hidden from the teaming masses in clinic. Time in the library is an escape we should all treat ourselves to from time to time - it certainly shouldn't be thought of as a luxury. Louis Pasteur offered the following advice to young scientists at the Sorbonne

"Live in the serene peace of laboratories and libraries."

Our laboratories may rarely offer peace, but the library still can.

Perneger et al presented a sobering view on the efficacy of patient education that should make us all sit back and think about how we evaluate our education activities. There can be a difference between what we think we achieve and what we do achieve - and I suspect this could well apply to spirometry education as well as to patient education.

  • Effect of Patient Education on Self-Management Skills and Health Status in Patients with Asthma: A randomized Trial. T.V. Perneger et al., Amer J Med, 2002; 113:7-14.

Also in the same issue was a useful review

  • The Effect of Inhaled Corticosteroids in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Systematic Review of Randomised, Placebo-Controlled Trials. A. Alsaeedi et al, ibid 59-65.

It was interesting, having already penned my Train of Thought, to find the following in another issue of Amer J Med.

  • Do the Investigative Sites That Take Part in a Positive Clinical Trial Translate That Evidence into Practice? S.R. Majumdar et al, Amer J Med 2002; 113:140-145

Is the time approaching that a blood test will replace an exercise test for assessing cardiorespiratory fitness?

  • Cardiorespiratory Fitness and C-Reactive Protein Among a Tri-Ethnic Sample of Women. M.J. LaMonte et al, Circ 2002; 106:403-6.

The issues of drugs in sport and inappropriate prescription are both addressed in

  • The Asthmatic Athlete, Inhaled Beta Agonists and Performance. D.C. McKenzie, Clin J Sport Med, 2002; 12:225-8.

With the recent swimming prowess demonstrated by the Aussies the following was topical,

  • Performance Evaluation of Swimmers. Scientific Tools. D.J. Smith et al, Sports Med, 2002; 32: 567-81.

An interesting review was presented in the same issue that could be of interest to those involved in Pulmonary Rehab

  • Respiratory Muscle Training in Healthy Individuals. Physiological Rationale and Implications for Exercise Performance. A.W. Sheel, Sports Med, 2002; 32: 567-81.

While I was browsing the library here at Royal Perth I came across a monograph that could have valuable lessons for all of us. I have borrowed it, am dipping into it and have already gleaned much useful advice. While much of the advice is hardly rocket science it does provide some useful reinforcement for all involved in research and quality assurance activities - i.e. everybody!

  • Writing the Laboratory Notebook. Howard M Kanare, American Chemical Society, Washington DC, 1985. ISBN 0-8412-0906-5.

'till next month, happy grazing,

Kevin

 

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