Date: July 23rd, 2015

The Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine (SGEM) is knowledge translation (KT) project trying to cut the KT window down from over ten years to less than one year. The SGEM is always trying to improve this KT project so you can provide your patients with the best care, based on the best evidence.

Each week the SGEM does a structured critical review of a recent publication, using a validated method and reliable tool followed by a blog and podcast. However, we only represent one opinion and (being skeptical of anything that you learn) our perspectives may not always represent your opinions.

The second leak in the KT “leaky pipe” model put forth by Pathman et al is acceptance. The SGEM needs to understand what listeners accept versus what they reject. Therefore, we would like to more actively engage you in the selection process of the SGEM articles that are reviewed.

Hot or Not will be a regular feature of the SGEM. Each week we will post five recent publications for you to consider. These articles will be announced on the website, Facebook page and Twitter feed on Fridays.

The first time you log on to this feature you will be asked a few questions. This is so we understand who the Hot or Not voting SGEM audience is when tabulating the results. These questions will only be asked once, the first time that you reply to Hot or Not and never again.

SGEMers will be provided with the title of the article, the authors’ conclusions, and a link to the article’s abstract. SGEMers are then asked to rate the article on a seven point Likert scale.

  1. Useless
  2. Not really interesting. Not really new. Changes nothing.
  3. Interesting and new. Doesn’t change practice
  4. Interesting and new. Potential to change practice.
  5. New and important. Would probably change practice for SOME Emergency Physicians
  6. New and important. Would change practice for MOST Emergency Physicians
  7. Must know for Emergency Physicians.

After you vote for each article you will see how other SGEMers voted. Do other people think the article is useless, interesting, practice changing or a must know paper?

You can then move on to the next article, see the list of articles or go back to the SGEM home page. Those articles rated highly will be put on the list to be reviewed on the SGEM.

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In addition to voting for articles you can also submit articles. If you think there is paper we need to review on the SGEM then you can also submit it to Hot or Not. All you need to do is click on the submit button and provide the title of the article and PubMed Identification number (PMID).



Dr. Chris Carpenter

Dr. Chris Carpenter is taking the lead on Hot or Not. Chris is the former Director of EBM for the Division of EM Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the Chair of the SAEM Evidence Based healthcare & Implementation Interest Group and SAEM Academy for Geriatric Emergency Medicine.  He co-authored the textbook Evidence-Based Emergency Care: Diagnostic Testing and Clinical Decision Rules, 2nd Edition. Chris is also now the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Academic Emergency Medicine. If you have any questions or concerns about the process he can be reached via email Carpenterc@wusm.wustl.edu

Remember to be skeptical of anything you learn, even if you heard it on the Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine. 

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