GPnotebook is a system designed to provide a concise synopsis of the entire
field of clinical medicine with material organised systematically to ensure rapid
retrieval of information.
The content of GPnotebook is based on clinical
practice in the United Kingdom and provides a clinical reference guide for general
practitioners and medical students; it may also be a useful reference resource
for other health professionals. As well as being a clinical reference guide, GPnotebook
also aims to be a tool for clinical education, clinical governance and continuing
The system was conceived whilst six of the seven
principal authors were medical students in the early 1990s. One of the student
authors was at Cambridge University medical school and the remaining five were
students at Oxford University medical school. The system became a shared repository
of clinical knowledge for the group and became a resource that was used in the
Cairns Library at Oxford University as a reference resource for medical students.
In 1995, whilst four of the authors were still medical students, a rudimentary
version of the database was published on floppy disks by Butterworth Heinemann.
Also the database was awarded the prestigious Perry prize by the Primary Care
Specialist Group of the British Computer Society.
The system content is
continually updated and expanded. The database now comprises over 1.8 million
words of information which is contained within 27,000 HTML pages with over 30,000
index terms. GPnotebook has been included as a resource on the UK National Electronic
Library of Health Virtual Branch Libraries in Primary Care and Emergency Care.
British Medical Journal article written by some of the GPnotebook authors ( 'Using
computers to make more of your medical skills') includes some additional information
about the development of GPnotebook.
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