grateful med


Summary: A microcomputer-based software package providing a user-friendly interface to the MEDLARS system of the National Library of Medicine.

Top Publications

  1. Curtis K, Weller A, Hurd J. Information-seeking behavior of health sciences faculty: the impact of new information technologies. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1997;85:402-10 pubmed
    ..Most faculty did not take advantage of either in-house or electronic training sessions offered by librarians. The study concluded that the training preferences of faculty need to be further explored. ..
  2. Moriearty P, Chen S. International access to the Chinese medical literature through MEDLINE. Chin Med J (Engl). 1993;106:243-9 pubmed
  3. . Evidence-based medicine. A new approach to teaching the practice of medicine. JAMA. 1992;268:2420-5 pubmed
  4. Banks R, Thiss R, Rios G, Self P. Outreach services: issues and challenges. Med Ref Serv Q. 1997;16:1-10 pubmed
    ..This article documents issues and challenges which have been identified from these projects and suggests ways to resolve them. ..
  5. Crandall L, Coggan J. Impact of new information technologies on training and continuing education for rural health professionals. J Rural Health. 1994;10:208-15 pubmed
    ..Tele-education has tremendous potential for improving the health care of rural Americans, and policy-makers must direct resources to its priority development in rural communities. ..
  6. McKibbon K, Haynes R, Dilks C, Ramsden M, Ryan N, Baker L, et al. How good are clinical MEDLINE searches? A comparative study of clinical end-user and librarian searches. Comput Biomed Res. 1990;23:583-93 pubmed
    ..for all participants consisted of a 2-h small group class and 1-h practice session on MEDLINE searching (GRATEFUL MED) before free access to MEDLINE...
  7. Dorsch J, Landwirth T. Document needs in a rural GRATEFUL MED outreach project. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1994;82:357-62 pubmed
    An analysis of documents provided to eight rural Illinois hospital sites during a GRATEFUL MED outreach project involving end-user searching revealed significant patterns that have implications for collection development and information ..
  8. Blecic D. Comparison of fixed-fee Grateful Med database use and searching success rates given the continued availability of MEDLINE in other formats. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1996;84:507-12 pubmed
    This study compared in-house Grateful Med database use and searching success rates for four-month periods at four sites of the Library of the Health Sciences of the University of Illinois at Chicago...
  9. McGrath F, Tomaiuolo N. Practice locally, search globally. Conn Med. 1993;57:155-61 pubmed
    The National Library of Medicine introduced the Grateful Med software package for accessing its databases over six years ago. Many new features have been added to the program since its inception in 1986...

More Information


  1. Kingsland L, Harbourt A, Syed E, Schuyler P. Coach: applying UMLS knowledge sources in an expert searcher environment. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1993;81:178-83 pubmed
    ..The Coach expert searcher system, an inhouse research project at NLM, is designed to help users of the GRATEFUL MED front-end software improve MEDLINE search and retrieval capabilities...
  2. Jachna J, Powsner S, Miller P. Augmenting GRATEFUL MED with the UMLS Metathesaurus: an initial evaluation. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1993;81:20-8 pubmed
    ..The authors compared bibliographic searches by relatively inexperienced users employing only GRATEFUL MED to searches done using GRATEFUL MED augmented with this tool...
  3. Hsieh R, Gamboa C. Using BITNET to access the National Library of Medicine databases. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1992;80:335-8 pubmed
    An ongoing developmental project is described that uses the National Library of Medicine (NLM) GRATEFUL MED software on the BITNET network to access the NLM databases...
  4. Moore M, Ahmed T, Glazer A. Using an automated knowledge agent for reference and customer service. J Med Libr Assoc. 2004;92:271-3 pubmed
  5. Self P, Sayed E, Henry J. "Bridging the information gap" for Virginia public health nurses. Public Health Nurs. 1997;14:151-5 pubmed
    ..information resources available from the National Library of Medicine's databases through the use of the Grateful Med software program...
  6. Martin E, Lanier D. Delivering medical information to the desktop: the UIC GRATEFUL-MED-via-the-Internet experience. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1995;83:402-6 pubmed
    ..the campus community, including the main campus and three regional sites, with a local MEDLINE option through a GRATEFUL MED fixed-fee licensing agreement with the National Library of Medicine. Searching is available via the Internet...
  7. Hasley P, Lave J, Kapoor W. The necessary and the unnecessary transfusion: a critical review of reported appropriateness rates and criteria for red cell transfusions. Transfusion. 1994;34:110-5 pubmed
    ..Appropriateness rates resulting from the application of these new standards have not yet been determined. ..
  8. Halsted D, Thompson C. National Network of Libraries of Medicine and health science libraries in Oklahoma. J Okla State Med Assoc. 1993;86:447-9 pubmed
    ..Rural physicians have access to a considerable variety of medical library resources, despite their outlying practice locations. This article outlines some of the sources available and how they may be reached. ..
  9. Robishaw S, Roth B. GRATEFUL MED-LOANSOME DOC outreach project in central Pennsylvania. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1994;82:206-13 pubmed
    The Geisinger Medical Center Library implemented a GRATEFUL MED outreach project in rural north-central Pennsylvania directed at providing physicians access to current medical literature...
  10. Haynes R, Walker C, McKibbon K, Johnston M, Willan A. Performances of 27 MEDLINE systems tested by searches with clinical questions. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 1994;1:285-95 pubmed
    ..drawn from 18 searches originally conducted spontaneously by clinicians from wards and clinics who had used Grateful Med Version 4.0...
  11. Mitchell J, Johnson E, Hewett J, Proud V. Medical students using Grateful Med: analysis of failed searches and a six-month follow-up study. Comput Biomed Res. 1992;25:43-55 pubmed
    Medical students at the University of Missouri were taught to search MEDLINE using the Grateful Med software. The traffic files of student searches were analyzed for search behavior...
  12. Pifalo V. Outreach to health professionals in a rural area. Med Ref Serv Q. 1994;13:19-26 pubmed
    An outreach project which juxtaposed technology (Grateful Med) and a human intermediary (a circuit librarian) to serve health professionals in a rural area of Illinois is described...
  13. Dupont G, Dutcher G. AIDS information from the National Library of Medicine. Med Ref Serv Q. 1990;9:1-19 pubmed
    ..NLM's AIDS-related programs and services are discussed. ..
  14. Bloch Mouillet E. [International foreign bibliographic databases Medline and Internet Grateful Med V2.6. Presentation and how to use]. Sante. 1998;8:379-86 pubmed French for reference retrieval from the Internet using Medline and its specific software interface, Internet Grateful Med V2.6. This reference retrieval tool is now available to all end users via the Internet...
  15. Gresehover B. Bibliographic instruction in the hospital library. Med Ref Serv Q. 1994;13:93-7 pubmed
    ..Trek system; online bibliographic searching by library staff and end users using CD Plus MEDLINE on CD-ROM and Grateful MED software; participation in clinical rounds to provide research support for clinical care; and several types of ..
  16. Horak B, Hamasu C. Grateful Med: gateway to world-wide literature. Hawaii Med J. 1991;50:419-20 pubmed
    b>Grateful Med is a computer software package developed by the National Library of Medicine which provides access to MEDLINE and other medical databases...
  17. Wood F, Wallingford K, Siegel E. Transitioning to the Internet: results of a National Library of Medicine user survey. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1997;85:331-40 pubmed
    In late 1995, several months prior to the introduction of Internet Grateful Med, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) conducted a customer survey as part of its efforts to make a transition from Grateful Med to new forms of electronic ..
  18. Lovas I. A look at LOANSOME DOC service. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1994;82:176-80 pubmed
    ..launched a project in 1988 to assess the feasibility of electronic linkages between health professionals using GRATEFUL MED--the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) software program for searching the MEDLARS databases--and libraries ..
  19. Burnham J, Perry M. Promotion of health information access via Grateful Med and Loansome Doc: why isn't it working?. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1996;84:498-506 pubmed
    Information gathered from Grateful Med and Loansome Doc outreach projects, including one involving seven health centers in rural southwest Alabama, raises questions about the effectiveness of such programs...
  20. Paden S, Batson A, Wallace R. Web-based Loansome Doc, librarians, and end users: results from a survey of the Southeast Region. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2001;89:263-71 pubmed
    ..Most learned about Loansome Doc through PubMed or Internet Grateful Med. End users appeared to be largely self-taught or received informal instruction in Loansome Doc...
  21. Cahan M. The Johns Hopkins Swallowing Center database. Dysphagia. 1992;7:36-9 pubmed
    ..The system operates on microcomputer technology and uses relatively inexpensive and intuitive software programs. Monthly updates keep members informed of the latest developments in a multidisciplinary literature. ..
  22. Humphreys B, Lindberg D. The UMLS project: making the conceptual connection between users and the information they need. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1993;81:170-7 pubmed
    ..The involvement of librarians in reviewing, testing, and providing feedback on UMLS products will increase the likelihood that the UMLS project will achieve its goal of improving access to machine-readable biomedical information. ..
  23. Verhoeven A, Boerma E, Meyboom de Jong B. Which literature retrieval method is most effective for GPs?. Fam Pract. 2000;17:30-5 pubmed
    ..which literature retrieving method is most effective for GPs: the printed Index Medicus; Medline through Grateful Med; or Medline on CD-ROM. The design was a randomized comparative study...
  24. Pifalo V. The evolution of rural outreach from Package Library to Grateful Med: introduction to the symposium. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2000;88:339-45 pubmed
    ..covers the package library and enhancements in extension service, library development, circuit librarianship, and self-service arrangements made possible by such programs as the Georgia Interactive Network (GaIN) and Grateful Med.
  25. McCloskey K. Library outreach: addressing Utah's "Digital Divide". Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2000;88:367-73 pubmed
    ..The paper describes the history, methodology, administration, funding, impact, and results of the program. ..
  26. Dorsch J, Landwirth T. Rural GRATEFUL MED outreach: project results, impact, and future needs. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1993;81:377-82 pubmed
    ..located at a regional site of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, conducted an eighteen-month GRATEFUL MED outreach project funded by the National Library of Medicine...
  27. Wood F, Cid V, Siegel E. Evaluating Internet end-to-end performance: overview of test methodology and results. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 1998;5:528-45 pubmed
    ..searches and get search results ranged from 2 to 14 seconds for PubMed and 4 to 18 seconds for Internet Grateful Med. The overall problem rate was about 1 percent; that is, on the average, users experienced a problem once every ..
  28. Teplitskaia H. Health information networking via the Internet with the former Soviet Union. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1997;85:411-7 pubmed
    ..In the context of UIC, international networking cross-cultural observations, teaching techniques, a Russian training experience, and the development of a Web-based course are reported. ..
  29. Martin E, McDaniels C, Crespo J, Lanier D. Delivering health information services and technologies to urban community health centers: the Chicago AIDS Outreach Project. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1997;85:356-61 pubmed
    ..The project also provided Internet access and training and continued access to library resources. The successful initiative suggests a working model for outreach to health professionals in an urban setting. ..
  30. Dorsch J, Pifalo V. Information needs of rural health professionals: a retrospective use study. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1997;85:341-7 pubmed
  31. Dorsch J. BIOETHICSLINE use by medical students: curriculum-integrated instruction and collection development implications. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1997;85:147-53 pubmed
    ..This study suggests that the integration of bibliographic instruction and the coordination of collection development with students' curricular needs lead to increased and more competent use of information resources. ..
  32. Dorsch J. Equalizing rural health professionals' information access: lessons from a follow-up outreach project. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1997;85:39-47 pubmed
    ..Loansome Doc activity throughout the eighteen-month project suggested sustained use of Grateful Med beyond the two-month trial periods...
  33. Shelstad K, Clevenger F. On-line search strategies of third year medical students: perception vs fact. J Surg Res. 1994;56:338-44 pubmed
    ..After receiving training, students are assigned a code via Grateful Med software...
  34. Jousimaa J, Kunnamo I. PDRD--a computer-based primary care decision support system. Med Inform (Lond). 1993;18:103-12 pubmed
    ..Physician's Desk Reference and Database (PDRD), an electronic medical database, is presented, and a plan for assessment of PDRD is briefly discussed. ..
  35. Light J, Chapple Sokol A. More on Loansome Doc. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:111 pubmed
  36. Pritchard S, Weightman A. MEDLINE in the UK: pioneering the past, present and future. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22 Suppl 1:38-44 pubmed
    ..database began with the computerized on-demand search service MEDLARS in 1964 and then via CD-ROM and Internet Grateful Med to the web-based and free-to-all service, PubMed, in 1997...