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NLM Technical Bulletin 1997 May-Jun; 296



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On May 1, 1997, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) introduced a new version of PDQ's interface. It is hoped the new choices available on the PDQ menus will make retrieval of specific types of information simpler for the user.

NCI recommends that users review item (2), How to use PDQ, on the revised Main Menu. On this menu, the former (8) Protocols has been changed to (9) Clinical trials. See Figure 1.


Figure 1 - PDQ's New Main Menu


                                               PDQ MAIN MENU

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The following information is available in PDQ:



1  About PDQ         6  Screening/Prevention

2  How to use PDQ    7  Drugs                · Review 2

3  News              8  Directories          

4  Treatment         9  Clinical trials      · Changed from "Protocols"

5  Supportive care   10 Exit



Select one of the above options



?=help (at any menu) | /Q=Quit  | /CO=Commands | PAUSE on | LOG closed


The PDQ commands for moving between menu screens have been removed (e.g., ORG, PROT), while additional inter-menu links have been added (e.g., Physician and Organization directories available under Treatment Information menu). See Figure 2.


Figure 2 - Treatment Information Menu


TREATMENT INFORMATION

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PDQ contains the following information related to treatment:



1  Treatment summaries for health professionals

2  Treatment summaries for patients

3  Active treatment clinical trials

4  Closed treatment clinical trials

5  Physician directory                            ·  New link

6  Organization directory                         ·  New link

7  Levels of evidence

8  Return to main menu



Select one of the above options



?=help (at any menu) | /Q=Quit  | /CO=Commands | PAUSE on | LOG closed

Your SELECTION:


The Treatment Summary menu has been modified and now appears as shown in Figure 3.


Figure 3 - New Display Treatment Summary


DISPLAY TREATMENT SUMMARY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

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The following information is available:



1  General information

2  Cellular classification

3  Stage information

4  General and specific treatment options

5  All of the above options

6  Go to information for patients

7  Go to active clinical trials (79)

8  Return to previous menu

9  Return to main menu



Select one or more of the above options



?=help (at any menu) | /Q=Quit  | /CO=Commands | PAUSE on | LOG closed

Your SELECTION:


There have been changes to the Clinical Trials menu (formerly called Protocols). You may first choose all active clinical trials and then separately choose the type (treatment, supportive care, screening/prevention) as shown in the two screens in Figure 4.


Figure 4 - New Clinical Trials Menus


     CLINICAL TRIALS

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     Select the clinical trial status:

          1  Active clinical trials

          2  Closed clinical trials

          3  Return to main menu



     Select one of the above options



  ?=help (at any menu) | /Q=Quit  | /CO=Commands | PAUSE on | LOG closed

Your SELECTION:  Selecting all active clinical trials


This screen shows the protocols available when option 1 (Active Clinical Trials) is selected on the previous screen.


Figure 4 - New Clinical Trials Menus, cont.


     ACTIVE CLINICAL TRIALS

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     The following types of protocols are available:



     1  Treatment clinical trials

     2  Supportive care clinical trials

     3  Screening/prevention clinical trials

     4  All types of clinical trials

     5  Return to previous menu



     Select one of the above options



  ?=help (at any menu) | /Q=Quit  | /CO=Commands | PAUSE on | LOG closed

Your SELECTION:


There are two new features in the Active Treatment Clinical Trials menu. Stage/Eligibility Criteria is a new menu item. However, it is currently used only for breast cancer trials. You can search directly by investigator from this Clinical Trials menu by choosing (10) Participating investigator. See Figure 5.


Figure 5 - Active Treatment Clinical Trials Menu with New Stage Eligibility Criteria. Search by investigator from Participating Investigator.


     ACTIVE TREATMENT CLINICAL TRIALS

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     Select trials by any of the following criteria:



1  Diagnosis                             9 Institution/group

2  Stage/Eligibility Criteria            10  Participating investigator

3  Drug                                  11  Protocol ID

4  Modality                              12  Sponsorship

5  Phase                                 13  Redefine search

6  Keyword                               14  Display search results

7  Patient age                            15  Return to previous menu

8  Geographic region                     16  Return to main menu



    Select one of the above options



  ?=help (at any menu) | /Q=Quit  | /CO=Commands | PAUSE on | LOG closed

Your SELECTION:


Questions about the content of PDQ should directed to:

National Cancer Institute
9030 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814-1519
E-mail: pdqsearch@icicc.nci.nih.gov
Fax: 301-231-6941
Phone: 800-624-7890

Questions about searching the PDQ databank may be directed to the MEDLARS Customer Service Desk:

E-mail: mms@nlm.nih.gov
Phone: 888-346-3656
--prepared by Jim Carter
National Cancer Institute
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