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04 March 2009 @ 12:54 pm
I come to beg you for aid.

Not, for once, for myself, but for my friend. We all have to do a final med project. Mine is on pre-eclampsia and rats. Typing pre-eclampsia into PubMed brings up fifty seven million results, so I kind of wish there was LESS info about it. My friend, on the other hand, is doing an 'eco-medicine' project. Our minister for health wants to amalgamate all the health services into 'centres of excellence' in single cities, thus removing all rural services but providing (ha) a better service overall. My friend is doing a project on the difference between travelling to outpatients in Bantry to those in Cork for rural-dwellers, the extra car emissions, cost, and impact on health.

The thing is, there is NO DATA out there on this. She got three hits on PubMed. She's been searching newspapers on my suggestion, but they keep wanting her to buy subscriptions. NOT HELPFUL, IRISH TIMES. So I turn to lj, which tends to have all the answers - or if it doesn't, knows someone who does.

Anything, guys. Newspaper articles from your country, things you heard about, anything at all relevant that she can put in her references. I'm really hoping here, because she's having a shit time with this, and between the two of us and other life things it's a big ball of suck. At least if I got something here one weight would be lifted.

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Liblibgirl on March 4th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
I work at a university. If you can give me 24 hours and her search terms (or the citations of what she's found but hasn't been able to access) I will get the stuff for you and email you the files (assuming you or her give me the emails). I'm not really on LJ this week, so just email the info? libgirl@livejournal.com

I'm happy to help if I have some specific parameters--but I'm sort of swamped so I can't really do much more than a general search or pull specific articles with citations.

Let me know?
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 4th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
I will email you, so. :D
oopsoddishly on March 4th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
Hey, could you send me your latest email again? My computer collapsed on me again last night and either buried or deleted the message, damned modern technology ...
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Fashion: pink bikescoradh on March 4th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
Mais oui, mon cherie. (Look how French rhymes. In't it an amusing language?)
oops: How many ways can I say BOYYYYYYSoddishly on March 4th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
Excellent, thank you. I mean, mercy buckets. Will get right on it. :)
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: merry go roundscoradh on March 4th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
These are all fascinating articles and I will totally be reading them for my own interest, but ... I guess I didn't phrase my OP well. It comes under the umbrella of 'eco-medicine', but her actual project is on the difference between travelling to a local outpatients, with possibly less resources and staff, and travelling to a city to avail of a 'centre of excellence' outpatients. She's trying to figure out if it's a good thing or not, basically. Sorry for the misunderstanding!
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Heart treescoradh on March 4th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
I looked for articles or anything on this subject, but there wasn't much.

I gather this is the problem. The premise is so vague. :D

Thanks again! I'm sure these will provide some sort of lead for her.
orwhoeveriamorwhoeveriam on March 4th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
This is... sort of far off from actual data.

But there's a column at Slate Magazine that's always comparing the environmental impact of whatever couple of options.


I don't think they've talked about her specific thing, but their sources or calculations on like emissions might be helpful.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Disney: Lion King splashscoradh on March 4th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
I was playing with that, it's awesome! Maybe nothing precisely relevant, but with this topic nothing is precise - it's awfully fluffy. Thank you! :D
Emila-Wan Kenobiemila_wan on March 4th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Have you tried your local librarian?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: ra sariscoradh on March 4th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
I haven't, as it ain't my project, but it'd be an idea for her to check with the hospital librarian, I guess...
Sereniaserenia on March 5th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
They were looking at doing some kind of 'super surgery' setup here, amalgamating a lot of doctors, specialists and nurse practitioners in giant, extended-hours centres. It came up around election time. There's been a mixed reaction to it. I don't have any articles about it, though.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Fashion: corset xrayscoradh on March 6th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
I'll let her know about it! It sounds like the same idea they're trying to implement here.
uminohikariuminohikari on March 5th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
D: That is such a general topic!

...I can't think of anything helpful. Maybe look at really rural areas that still don't have rural service?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Eddie Izzard: flagscoradh on March 6th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
I found a journal of health geographics! That seems to be the right sort of thing, but isn't it insane? :D
Lord Marmaduke Newbrycatsmeat on March 6th, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
I know that most of the UK (london based, big) newspapers don't require you to get a subscription to use their online parts. try guardian/telegraph/times/independant/daily mail/whoever? you've probably already thought of all that, though.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Quotey: save a lifescoradh on March 6th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
She actually told me that she can't use too many newspaper articles, because they're the opinion of one person and aren't evidence based. Thanks though!