Overview of the article selection (CAP), rating (MORE™), and dissemination (McMaster PLuS™) processes

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1. CAP (Critical Appraisal Process)

Research Associates hand search > 120 journals applying specific Inclusion Criteria to identify high-quality studies that merit clinical attention.

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3. McMaster PLuS™ (Premium LiteratUre Service)

Email alerts: Registrants of end products such as EvidenceAlerts, Rehab+, KT+, and OBESITY+ sign up to receive alerts based on their clinical interests. By setting relevance and newsworthiness cut-off scores to a high level (e.g, 6 of 7 for both relevance and newsworthiness) will yield a manageable stream of highly rated articles directly applicable to a clinician's practice.

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Searchable database:  Registrants of end products can also search the cumulative databases for articles using part of an article title, a keyword, or by discipline relevant to their clinical practice. These services are available to users at no charge.

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Ratings from at least 3 physicians per discipline are collated and averaged. Articles with average ratings of Relevance ≥ 4 and Newsworthiness ≥ 4 for at least one discipline are made available to end users by two methods:
1. email alerts; 2 searchable database.

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Articles that pass Inclusion Criteria have meta data added in CAP (e.g., purpose category, disciplines, patient populations) and are then transferred to MORE.

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2. MORE™ (McMaster Online of Rating of Evidence)

Articles transferred to MORE are matched to physician raters with the same clinical disciplines and patient populations. Email requests to rate the article with a direct link into MORE are sent to 4 or more physicians for each discipline assigned to the article. MORE raters rate the article on two 7-point scales: 1. Relevance to their clinical discipline; 2. Newsworthiness (i.e., is this news?).