For both doctors and their patients, it is a far cry from having to spend hours browsing through the aisles of a medical university’s library. It is much better than having to nervously page through aged and well-thumbed magazines whilst waiting to be summoned from the waiting area of the doctor’s rooms. Much of the information contained therein has aged considerably and most patients would not understand a word of the typically used medical jargon in any case and no matter how well educated they are in general.
Gone are the days when dental practitioners and their fine assistants would watch the post box daily for the latest journal publication to arrive. There are no more snail mail letters to remind specialist practitioners that the peer review is still, well, under review. That is because all relevant and pressing information can be immediately accessed online. It all falls under one umbrella, under an interactive and user friendly journal of dentistry.
Dental practitioners now have immediate access to new innovations, break throughs and technologies related to, say, the carrying out of implants and the tools that go along with them. The broad based online journal is appropriately categorized, so, if it is implant news that the specialist practitioner is after, he zones into his implant dentistry journal, specially formulated and specially prepared. Yes, there will still be medical jargon to sift through.
The dentists know this well enough by now, but summaries are also available for their patients to have a look at as well. And if reading matter does not help them, they can always watch video presentations instead. From an educational point of view, the online version of a full-fledged medical journal comes into its own.