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The Who, What and Why of HelpDesk Answers (HDAs)
Who can write an HDA ?
The FPIN author community includes faculty and residents from community-based and academic family medicine residency programs or departments. Faculty members can write HDAs individually or alongside a writing team of fellow faculty members and/or residents. Residents must write as part of a team led by a faculty co-author.
What is an HDA? What is the time commitment?
HDAs are tightly written research articles (450-600 words) providing evidence-based answers to clinical questions in a structured format. HDAs provide information from three to five of the most current and reliable patient-oriented citations found in the available medical literature. All HDAs go through external peer review and editorial review prior to publication. Published HDAs are currently indexed in the CINAHL database.
First-time authors report taking 18-24 hours over a 10-12 week period to complete an HDA. Experienced authors can complete the project in approximately 10-12 hours. To see a visual timeline of the HDA project workflow, click here. For questions regarding HDAs, please contact our HDA Project Coordinator, Abigail Beeler, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why should I write an HDA?
Writing an HDA can help you:
• Sharpen your evidence-based medicine (EBM) skills
FPIN is now requiring an individualized log in and password for all FPIN users. If your program sent in a profile list, instructions were sent on how to log in with the credentials that were provided. If your program did not provide a profile list in advance, please self register and create a profile. If you have any questions regarding the log in process, please email email@example.com. Thank you!