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How to Navigate the New Site
Create a User Profile
A primary feature of the new site is the option to become a registered user. There is no cost and your information will not be shared or used to send unsolicited email notices. All you need is a valid email address, display name, and password.
Why Become a Registered User?
When you register, you can complete a user profile. This optional information is used to generate customized content. We’ll point out resources we think you might like and share what users with similar profiles are reading.
Registered users can also save search strategies and results, and bookmark favorite pages. This makes it easier to track your work and share information with others.
Do I Have to Register?
No. You are welcome to use the site without registering and you will have access to all the same information and resources.
There are a few ways to get the information you want.
- Search – use the search box at the top of any page to find anything on the site
- Topics – use the drop down menu from the top of any page to see content about that topic
- Customized Content on the Homepage – content will change regularly to reflect what’s new at The Community Guide as well as current trends. If you are logged in as a registered user, the homepage will display content based on your interests, preferences, and previously saved information. There are four types of customized content:
- Most Viewed this Week - pages most often viewed by all users
- Recently Modified – new or updated CPSTF findings and reviews, publications, and resources
- You Might Like – items of possible interest based on your user profile (registered users only)
- Users Like You Viewed – items frequently viewed by people with similar profiles (registered users only)
Filter Search Results
The search engine gives you results under five different tabs:
- All – every page on the site that matches your search term
- Systematic Reviews – evidence-based reviews and CPSTF findings
- Tools – interactive materials to help you assess, implement, and evaluate
- In Action Stories – examples of how findings have been used in real life
- Resources – information and promotional materials
Search Filters displayed above the search results can be used to narrow your results. Drop down menus allow you to narrow results by the following:
- CPSTF Finding
You can also use standard search strategies to narrow your results. For example, search “breast cancer” or “car safety seat” for more specific results.
How Do I Save My Search Results?
Registered users can click on the “Save Search” button to save search results (with any selected filters).
How Do I Go Back and Find My Earlier Search Results?
Access saved searches through your user profile. Click on your name in the top right corner of any page and select “saved searches.”
Learn About Systematic Reviews
When you click on a systematic review, you will be directed to a page that tells you the CPSTF finding, summarizes the evidence, and links you to more information.
Along the left side of the page you’ll find the following:
- CPSTF finding
- Date of the finding
- Key characteristics of the intervention strategy, including target audiences, settings, and applied strategies
In the center of the page, information is presented under four tabs:
- Snapshot – summaries of the CPSTF finding and intervention definition, and links to the full CPSTF Finding and Rationale Statement as well as any available promotional materials
- What the Task Force Found – information about the review, effectiveness and economic evidence, evidence gaps, applicability, and study characteristics, and links to available publications
- Supporting Materials – evidence tables, lists of included studies, search strategies, and references
- Considerations for Implementation – information to consider when planning to implement this type of intervention