How is quality determined for FOAMed resources?


Jan 2016


Recently, Thoma et al. have defined and are now validating a Social Media Index (SMi), which attempts to give an indirect measure of quality for online educational resources. It is calculated from scores on 4 followership variables. This index has the potential to be a stable and accessible indicator of impact of the various FOAMed websites. Please refer to for further information on score calculation.


The links in this site were curated by Andrea Lo (CCFP-EM resident) and Hans Rosenberg (Emergency Physician at The Ottawa Hospitals) and were drawn from the top 25 scoring websites on the SMi. Specific blog posts or podcasts were reviewed with the following quality indicators in mind.


These quality indicators were complied by Lin et al. using a modified Delphi consensus by an international cohort of health professional educators for quality indicators for blogs and podcasts used in medical education.


Source: Postgrad Med J. 2015 Oct;91(1080):546-50. doi: 10.1136/postgradmedj-2014-133230. Epub 2015 Aug 14.

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