ACP PIER (Physicians’ Information and Education Resource), a point-of-care decision-support tool, is now available from the library website and through your PDA. The American College of Physicians produces this resource with the goal of providing evidence-based guidance to improve patient care. To access PIER, click on eResources at the top of the library home page, then on Search eResources Database, and type ACP PIER in the Title box.
PIER is arranged in seven main sections: Diseases, Screening and Prevention, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Ethical and Legal Issues, Procedures, and drug information through AHFS DI® Essentials™. PIER’s disease section contains more than 350 modules that can be searched or browsed alphabetically or by organ system. Each disease module includes the following subcategories:
- Nondrug Therapy
- Drug Therapy
- Patient Education
- Consultation for Diagnosis
- Consultation for Management
ACP selects modules for PIER based on their prevalence in clinical settings. Entries in PIER contain practice guidelines developed from evidence found in peer-reviewed journal articles and primary texts. Each guideline is displayed with an evidence rank from A to C and a Specific Recommedation, followed by Rationale, Evidence and Comments. References are linked to PubMed citations, often with links to full text articles.
Instructions for searching PIER are provided in a tip sheet prepared by the producers of the resource.
Additionally, PIER on PDA and its monthly updates may be downloaded for use on Palm handheld devices.