Donald A. B. Lindberg

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In 1986, the National Library of Medicine began a long-term research and development project to build the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS). The purpose of the UMLS is to improve the ability of computer programs to "understand" the biomedical meaning in user inquiries and to use this understanding to retrieve and integrate relevant machine-readable(More)
In 1986, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) assembled a large multidisciplinary, multisite team to work on the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS), a collaborative research project aimed at reducing fundamental barriers to the application of computers to medicine. Beyond its tangible products, the UMLS Knowledge Sources, and its influence on the(More)
Conceptual connections between users and information sources depend on an accurate representation of the content of available information sources, an accurate representation of specific user information needs, and the ability to match the two. Establishing such connections is a principal function of medical librarians. The goal of the National Library of(More)
OBJECTIVE To understand the ways in which computer-mediated searching of the biomedical literature affects patient care and other professional activities. Undertaken to determine the ways in which on-line access to the biomedical literature via the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE database "makes a difference" in what physicians do when confronted(More)
Public concerns about the perils associated with incomplete or delayed reporting of results from clinical trials has heightened interest in trial registries and results databases. Here we review the current status of trial registration efforts and the challenges in developing a comprehensive system of trial registration and reporting of results.(More)
BACKGROUND The journal Methods of Information in Medicine, founded in 1962, has now completed its 50th volume. Its publications during the last five decades reflect the formation of a discipline that deals with information in biomedicine and health care. OBJECTIVES To report about 1) the journal's origin, 2) the individuals who have significantly(More)
Telemedicine is likely to adopt rather than create most of its protocols and standards as it becomes an integral part of medical practice. To optimize this process, it will be necessary to understand how to use existing protocols and standards, and influence the development, evaluation, and modification of new ones. We have identified key participants in(More)
The clinical and renal histologic attributes of 135 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients with DNA and/or Sm antibodies were compared to determine if the presence of the Sm antibodies served as a marker for a specific subset of SLE. Although Raynaud's phenomenon was more frequent in patients with Sm antibodies (P less than 0.005), serious central(More)
This paper reports selected results from two comprehensive evaluation studies of the Information Prescription (or "Information Rx") Program implementation conducted from 2002-05 by the American College of Physicians Foundation (ACPF) and the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). In this Program physicians are provided with Information Prescription pads,(More)