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Trip has a long history in supporting users in resource-poor settings locate evidence suitable for their circumstances.Â The basic problem being that users in resource poor settings (for example, a rural district hospital in Africa or South Asia) frequently do not have access to the latest health care technologies e.g. the latest diagnostic machines or expensive new medicine this is compounded by the fact that much of the evidence is directed at new interventions (which are likely to be more expensive).Â So, users from these settings have to overcome the additional problem that much of the evidence is not relevant for financial reasons.
Building on our initial work in this area (see here and here) and theÂ work of theÂ Norwegian Satellite of the Cochrane EPOC group we have created the ability for users to restrict their search results to evidence suitable for the developing world.
In the image above (click to enlarge) you can see that there are actually two separate filters, a specific and sensitive filter.Â The specific filter means you find fewer results and most are likely to be ‘correct’, however you are likely to miss some results.Â The sensitive filter means you find more results but are likely to find a number of false positives.
This is an experimental approach and we would welcome feedback on how to improve it.
NOTE: The term “Developing World” is problematic and controversial.Â We have used it as it is a widely recognised term which we hope will aid adoption; the reality is that the alternative “Low resource?” carries less meaning.Â However, we welcome input on the term used (send comments to email@example.com).