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 April 23, 2002 [posted]
 Patient Education Handouts in MEDLINE®/PubMed®

drop cap graphic of the letter S ome journals have begun publishing summaries intended for patients or the lay public to explain a procedure or condition or summarize or comment on articles that report scientific or medical findings in the same issue. These summaries are designed for physicians to share with patients or to assist physicians in talking to patients. In the 2002 indexing year and forward, the patient summaries are indexed with the new Publication Type - Patient Education Handout. Figure 1 shows a citation to a "patient page" in JAMA.

  Citation to JAMA patient page

For patient handouts that summarize other articles, we are also creating links, similar to "comment" links, between the Patient Education Handout citations and the citations to the full articles that they summarize. We began creating these links in the 2002 publication year. The links will appear in PubMed with the text "Summary For Patients In" on the original article citation, and "Original Report In" on the patient handout citation. See Figures 2 and 3 below for examples of these links. (Please note that the links in these graphics are not active.)

  Portion of PMID 11827496 abstract showing link to Patient handout

  Citation to Patient handout with link to Orginal report

Search Tip:

To search PubMed for patient education information prior to 2002, search for words used by the journal in the article title rubric (e.g., patient* [ti] AND page [ti]). Some example rubrics are listed below.

American Family Physician - Information from your family doctor
Annals of Internal Medicine - Summaries for patients
JAMA - JAMA patient page
Postgraduate Medicine - Patient notes
Preventive Medicine - Page for patients

black line separating article from citation information

Patient Education Handouts in MEDLINE®/PubMed®. NLM Tech Bull. 2002 Mar-Apr;(325):e4.


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