‘Research and Reviews (R&R) in the Fastlane‘ is a free weekly resource that harnesses the power of social media to allow some of the best and brightest emergency medicine and critical care clinicians from all over the world tell us what they think is worth reading from the published literature.
The idea for this project came to life about six years ago. I wondered what the clinicians I looked up to in emergency medicine and critical care were reading from the published literature. I wanted to know what papers make them think: “you know what, that’s actually going to change what I do”, or “that’s the best explanation I’ve seen for that”, or “why didn’t someone tell me that before?”… I wasn’t just interested in the latest ‘hot of the press’ papers. I was also interested in pre-existing, perhaps forgotten, nuggets that expert and enthusiastic clinicians dig up in the course of trying to answer day-to-day clinical problems, as well as reviews that bring clarity to the fog of clinical practice.
Over the year’s the project has collated nearly 900 recommended readings.
Now it is time for renewal.
We need your help.
If you would like to be an R&R contributor, please enter your details in the form below.
What is R&R in the FASTLANE?
- A free weekly resource that allows expert and enthusiastic emergency physicians and critical care specialists, working in varied settings around the world, tell us what they think is worth reading.
- Contributors recommend papers that they discovered (or recovered) over the past week that they think you should read. They recommend a paper because it might change practice, answers a clinical question that puzzled them, provides an excellent explanation for confusing subject, or simply because it is a great read.
- Contributors are identifiable and must provide a ‘one liner’ explaining why the paper is worth reading.
- Suggested papers are categorised into different subject areas. Categories include: critical care, education, emergency medicine, international medicine, pediatrics, resuscitation, retrieval and prehospital, technology, toxicology, trauma, ultrasound and imaging, wilderness medicine, and quirky, weird and wonderful stuff on the fringes of medicine.
- Each suggestion is linked to the pubmed abstract as well as any useful web-based or social media resources that the contributor is aware of.
- In essence, R&R in the FASTLANE is a ‘traditional literature’ complement to The LITFL Review of blogs, podcasts and social media… that isn’t limited to papers just published.
- Recently published R&R in the FASTLANE posts receive over 3,000 page views each.
How is R&R in the FASTLANE be created?
- R&R in the FASTLANE relies on a socially created database that all of the project contributors can access.
- Each week, the contributors are allowed to recommend a maximum of 3 papers for inclusion in the weekly blogpost. At the end of the week the R&R Editorial team assimilates the recommendations into a blogpost for general dissemination.