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AAWC Members Now Have Exclusive Access to the Internet’s Premier Source of Evidence-Based Content

The Trip Medical Database is a new and valuable addition to member benefits. If you are not associated with an institution that can access or perform a literature search, we've now got you covered! Easy, quick and without the hassles of going through your local reference librarian!

Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care. Online since 1997, searched over 125 million times and providing answers to over 70% of clinical questions, Trip houses millions of articles from systematic reviews to the web's largest collection of clinical guidelines with items indexed & uniquely ranked. Trip also allows clinicians to search across other content types including images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses and news.

The Trip algorithm uses three main factors when deciding the position of particular search results:

Text score. If a search term is in the title of the document it scores more highly than if it only appears in the body of the text. If it only appears once in a thousand word document it scores less than if it appears twenty times.

Publication score. As far as we know Trip is unique in using a publication score, based on quality, to help order results. So, a high quality resource (such as Cochrane) will have a higher score than say the BMJ and this again will score more highly than an eTextbook.

Date. The more recent the document the higher the score.

These three elements are combined to give each document a score. The document with the highest score appears at the top of the results.

While the basic Trip service is free, AAWC members have access to the Trip Pro offering more content, more functionality, no advertisements and more. Trip Pro is accessible from any smartphone, tablet or web browser. To access your free version of the Trip Pro database, log in to the members’ only section of the AAWC website using your AAWC member Username and Password. On the Members’ Only page, scroll down the Trip medical database image and be on your way to quick and easy searches for high-quality clinical research evidence and patient care information.