GPnotebook (QUICKmedicine) is a system designed to provide a concise
synopsis of the entire field of clinical medicine with material organised systematically
to ensure rapid retrieval of information.
The content of GPnotebook (QUICKmedicine) is based on clinical practice in
the United Kingdom and provides a clinical reference for general practitioners
and medical students; it may also be a useful reference resource for other health
professionals. As well as being a clinical reference, GPnotebook (QUICKmedicine)
also aims to be a tool for clinical education, clinical governance and continuing
The system was conceived whilst six of the seven
principal authors were medical students in the early 1990s. One of the student
authors was at Cambridge University medical school and the remaining five were
students at Oxford University medical school. The system became a shared repository
of clinical knowledge for the group and became a resource that was used in the
Cairns Library at Oxford University as a reference resource for medical students.
In 1995, whilst four of the authors were still medical students, a rudimentary
version of the database was published on floppy disks by Butterworth Heinemann.
Also the database was awarded the prestigious Perry prize by the Primary Care
Specialist Group of the British Computer Society in 1992 and 2002.
The system content is continually updated and expanded. The database now comprises
over 1.8 million words of information which is contained within 27,000 HTML
pages with over 30,000 index terms. GPnotebook (QUICKmedicine) has been included
as a resource on the UK National Electronic Library of Health Virtual Branch
Libraries in Primary Care and Emergency Care.
A British Journal of General Practice article written by some of the GPnotebook
(QUICKmedicine) authors ( '20
years of GPnotebook: from a medical student project to a national resource')
includes some additional information about the development of GPnotebook (QUICKmedicine).
- the content of GPnotebook (QUICKmedicine) is not to be used for the diagnosis
or treatment of medical conditions. The authors have used all reasonable care
in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Consult
a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of
medical conditions. The information contained in this information resource
is designed to be used for educational and informational purposes only.
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