UKMi Quality and Risk Management Group
UKMi publishes an Essential Resource List of resources recommended for use during enquiry answering. The list is split into 2 parts. The ‘Resources for Purchase’ list recommends Core resources that every MI Centre should hold (regardless of whether the Centre is local or regional), and Additional resources that should be held according to the nature of enquiries received. The ‘Resources with Free Access’ list is an approved list of resources which are freely available, including many web based sources. Additions or major amendments to these lists are made using the Resource Assessment Tool.
A document outlining the Limitations of Common Information Sources is also available.
Guidance is also given regarding the general use of resources which may be available as Apps.
A document is provided which gives useful guidance on using and assessing the quality of information found on the Internet, including the use of Google Scholar. The Medicines Learning Portal [external website] also has a useful section Internet and Medicines.
For a useful list of information sources and websites for on-call, which can be adapted for local use, refer to the On-call section in the Medicines Learning Portal.
Regional Principal Medicines Information Pharmacist, Trent Medicines Information Service & UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory Service