Best Medical Literature Apps: QxMD Read and Journal Club
Keeping up with medical literature is essential for clinicians in any specialty but can be particularly challenging for internal medicine clinicians given the breadth of knowledge required in day to day practice. Here we include two apps that provide very different but complementary functionality.
QxMD’s Read is our favorite app for curating and keeping up with your favorite journals. Read gives you a centralized place to review each issue of JAMA, NEJM, AAFP, and any other journal you find useful. All users can get abstracts and Pubmed links to articles; users with institutional credentials can also pull full text PDFs within the app. There are other solid apps out there that offer simple functions. iMedicalApps Associate Editor Megan Von Isenburg, MSLS recently compared the leading choices out there for keeping up with the medical literature. Thanks to its speed, institutional integration, annotating functionality, and local storage options, Read came out on top with Docphin coming in a close second.
Journal Club is another outstanding and essential app that offers something different: the ability to critically review landmark studies that have impacted clinical practice. Rather than just the abstract or the manuscript, Journal Club gives everything from the context that led to the trial, the key facts about methodology like inclusion/exclusion criteria, the results, and a discussion with critical appraisal of the study. Perhaps you want to review the use of novel oral anticoagulants in patients with deep venous thrombosis. Just tap over to the Diseases section and select DVT – you can review AMPlFY (apixiban), CLOT (LMWH), MAGELLAN (rivaroxaban), and RECOVER (dabigatran).
- iMedicalApps full review here. Check out our comparison review of Read, Docphin, Browzine, and Docnews as well.
- Price: Free
- Find the app on iTunes and Google Play