MORE™ Raters - Physicians

The MORE system is part of a three-step process for identifying high-quality articles for physicians in clinical practice:

  1. The Critical Appraisal Process (CAP) is the first step where high-quality articles are gleaned from the large volume of published articles in more than 120 journals that are hand searched by research associates specially trained in methods criteria.
  2. McMaster Online Rating of Evidence (MORE), described in greater detail below, is the second step of this process where the articles that pass the CAP step are rated for relevance and newsworthiness.
  3. McMaster PLuS is the 3rd and final stage of the process where high-quality, highly rated articles are disseminated through a range of end products that alert end users to important articles in their clinical disciplines.

Please see this Overview for a more detailed description of how the CAP, MORE, and PLUS processes work.

As a MORE rater, you will be sent by email a notice that an article is available for you to rate. The article will match at least one of your practice disciplines and patient populations selected in your profile. You control the number of articles you receive each month to rate (from 1 to 99; however, the maximum number of articles you are likely to receive per month is 4).

When you receive a rating request email, you will look over the article online and rate it on two 7-point scales (Sample Rating Form):

  • one for relevance to your clinical practice
  • one for newsworthiness (i.e., Is this "news", or something my colleagues in my discipline already know?)

We'll collate your ratings with ratings from at least two of your colleagues in your discipline and use the ratings to:

  • build an evidence-based database
  • choose the most pertinent articles for ACP Journal Club and other evidence-based information services (see How Ratings Are Used for other services fed by the ratings in MORE)
  • show you how other clinicians in your discipline rated the same articles
  • send you a yearly participation letter for the articles you rated
  • show you the highest rated articles in your discipline

To learn more about MORE, see How Ratings Are Used and MORE Features

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