Featured Resource: PsycTESTS

surveyBy George Krikorian, Dana Medical Library

Need the latest on psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys and other assessments? The new PsycTESTS database, powered by EBSCO, provides all of this information and more, from test development to administration in one repository from the American Psychological Association (APA).

This database is comprehensive and organized, allowing users to access thousands of test instruments and records worldwide through a number of different search features. While the main focus of the database is on unpublished, research-only tests, the information available through PsycTESTS also spans over a century of detailed records, and provides links to many commercial tests that are available for purchase.

Detailed information is updated monthly, and provides information concerning:

  • Test summaries and histories
  • Reliability and validity data
  • Test formats
  • Peer-review citations from sources such as the APA and Hogrefe Publishing Group

PsycTESTS is a useful resource for studies in psychiatry, education, medicine, business, social work, and beyond. It offers a range of subject areas such as:

  • Developmental measures
  • Racial and ethnic identity scales
  • Physical health assessments
  • Intelligence tests
  • Military tests

All information and test instruments are available over a number of multilingual formats. Textual information is printable in PDF formats, and occasionally includes elements of multi-media.

Be aware that most of the coverage (74%) is from 1990 or later, and that some tests may require permission from the author and/or publisher before they may be accessed for use.

If you need any assistance with this resource or others, do not hesitate to contact the reference desk at 802-656-2201.

Mobile Apps in the Health Sciences

ipadMobile devices have become ubiquitous in academic health science education, and medical apps and mobile optimized websites are numerous. This year UVM’s medical clerkship students were each given an Android tablet, and Dana Medical Library provided technical support in downloading apps and mobilized web sites. This support was offered through a face-to-face class as well as an online research guide on the top health sciences mobile apps.

Starting this issue, the Dana Medical Library Newsletter will begin a column featuring mobile apps for a given specialty in the health sciences. This issue we will cover popular general medical apps that can be used in a clinical setting by physicians and nurses.

ePocrates Rx: This is a free drug reference application with brand, generic, and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, drug interaction checker and pill identifier. Other premium versions that cover evidence-based disease information, treatment guidelines, and ICD-9 codes are offered for a fee. ePocrates is available for Apple products (including the iPad), Androids, and Blackberries.

Calculate by QxMD: This is a free app for a variety of platforms including all Apple products, Androids and Blackberries. It offers over 150 clinical calculators and decision support tools, such as a water deficit calculator and the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist.

Skyscape: Again, free to all users on all platforms, this is a medical reference platform that offers access to a wide variety of medical apps, including ones licensed by the Dana Medical Library, such as DynaMed below and Natural Standard.

DynaMed: A popular evidence-based point of care tool licensed by the Dana Medical Library and available only to all UVM and FAHC affiliates. Users will need to download Skyscape (above) first, and retrieve an access code available from DynaMed itself or from the Dana Medical Library Reference Desk.

AHRQ ePSS: This free app allows users to identify clinical preventive services appropriate for patients. Users can also search and browse U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations.

If you have any questions regarding mobile apps, do not hesitate to use the Mobile Resources Guide or contact the reference desk.