Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Strategy and competition: the Porter Report

The Harvard Business School has graciously shared with the internet community the insights of their Institute for Strategy and Competition led by Michael Porter.  Here you can find links to publications and presentations, competition and firm strategy, economic development, and society.  This is a valuable resource that any business student would benefit from reviewing.


Health Administration Journals (Freely available on the Internet)

I did extensive updating to the subject guide for health administration journals when I was working at the Bronfman Business Library at York University last summer.  As it has been a while since I worked there I thought I should list those journals that are freely available on the web here so I will have a record of them in case the guide is updated again or taken down from the site.  Here is the link to York’s site:   where the databases to which they have subscribed are included in the list.  Please note, this list was originally compiled by Sophie Bury, Business Librarian at York U. and my role was to update it.  Below are the web links:


Free Medical Journals

American Medical News

British Medical News

Canadian Journal of Public Health

Canadian Medical Association Journal

Canadian Institute for Health Information

Health Affairs

Health Care Financing Review

Health Care Management Forum

Health Care Management Review

Healthcare Manager

Health Data Management

Health Law Journal

Health News

Health Promotion International

Health Services Management Research

Hospitals and Health Networks

Hospital Financial Management

Human Resources for Health (WHO)



Journal of Health and Human Services Administration

Milbank Quarterly

Modern Healthcare

New England Journal of Medicine

AIDS Committee of Toronto closing its library

A sad day for libraries.

Cochrane Library – access opened to the public

The CLA has informed us through their newsletter that the Cochrane Library has opened access to the public.  Unfortunately it is only open until December, 2009.  The Cochrane Library is the gold standard for reviews of clinical trials and it is interesting that they have made it available to the public because of the specialized language used in the reviews.  At the same time, it is good and right that the public should have access to the most authoritative information available.  I wonder though if there might be another version of this made available – i.e., one for the professional and one for the public – like Medline has done with Medline Plus.  I am concerned about mis-understandings.  See the CLA’s article below.

Canadians have Free access The Cochrane Library –The Gold Standard in Health Reviews
The Cochrane Library ( provides all Canadians with one-click access to 3,916 health treatment reviews on all imaginable health topics from childhood asthma, to osteoarthritis, and obesity – the list is endless. The Cochrane Library helps inform Canadians about their health treatment options and we are counting on librarians across the country to help spread the word. The Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre ( is providing training to librarians to learn how to navigate the library (email to inquire about training) and provides PDF flyers to post in your library under The Cochrane Library tab on our website. Help spread the word about The Cochrane Library in your library today. Please help extend the National License beyond December 2009 by filling out our online survey at