All ophthalmologists suffer from information overload. We are inundated
constantly with information from new textbooks, journals, newsletters, throwaways,
e-mail discussions, as well as pharmaceutical representatives.
Computer-assisted literature searches allow us to find information from our
personal computers. However, information is not all the same. For example,
textbook chapters are almost always out-of-date. Journals are peer reviewed,
but case reports and case series fail to provide strong information on which
to base clinical decisions. Review articles provide an overview of a subject,
but they usually do not take into account the quality of information. Although
recommendations from these articles may be correct, they often are just opinions
and not based on evidence.
Users' Guides to the Medical Literature. Arch Ophthalmol. 2002;120(6):873. doi: