in Australia in 2003 the Road Map is
approach to knowledge sharing. The
Road Map is underpinned by the
Network's HoriZonsSCAN research
methodology - whereby, at least once
every 24 hours, several thousand
global MS reference sites are
screened via leading edge search
engine and database technology to
construct the HoriZonsSCAN database.
Special regard is placed on minimising
duplication of content.
What makes HoriZonsSCAN different is that all of the parameters by which information is analysed, prioritised and displayed are
- reflecting ongoing feedback over many years. It is proving to be a unique resource for families living with MS, service providers, researchers, policy advisors and parliamentary representatives irrespective of locality. In order to preserve the historical integrity of this process details of Australian experiences are frequently highlighted. While around 30% of current references relate to
Australian experience they invariably typify issues of broad relevance.
Not all topics are necessarily MS specific but most have relevance to approaches to enhancing
Quality of Life
perceptions when living with MS. In circumstances where services are not generally available, or fall below the expectations, it aims to provide an overview of what may be needed. Not all aspects apply universally as needs vary according to disability level and personal circumstances.
Major Topic Index
exemplifies the broad scope of
HoriZonsSCAN's subject matter.
and Prioritising Research Results
HoriZonsSCAN accesses more than
titles that underpin an estimated 20,000 context specific abstracts. When displaying search results HoriZonsSCAN is defaulted to broadly prioritise
quantitative abstracts as follows:
Research involves queries using
Operators. In general
terms this happens automatically when constructing queries using the
Query Form. It involves including the words AND, NOT or OR (all in caps) between the words of queries.
To set the order of searching parentheses are placed around the words
to be sought, i.e (fatigue
temperature. To restrict queries to a specific year add
2013. To locate
references to a specific locality or person just enter the name, i.e
Zamboni - it's that easy.
If HoriZonsScan does not respond as you feel it should
try including a wildcard * with your query, i.e pneum* rather than, or in addition
to, pneumoniae. Sometimes it may also help to check the
directory for “pre-packaged”
To keep it
simple, start with a single word, ie fatigue and modify as
needed, ie fatigue AND heat NOT exercise.