University access to BMJ Best Practice has been funded as a 12 month trial to the end of July 2016 by a grant from the Nuffield Oxford Hospitals Fund. We are exploring what other sources of funds might be available to continue with the subscription but would like to warn current users of the package that it is likely that our subscription will expire, at least temporarily, on July 31st.
For the last twelve months access to the online package BMJ Best Practice has been funded by a NOHF grant. Over this period we have been publicising the package, monitoring its use and trying to identify funding to allow us to continue the subscription if usage justified that.
From August 2015 to April 2016 the Best Practice App was installed on 190 phones/tablets by Oxford University users and had been used a total of 703 times. Via the Webpages the package was used 1800 times by Oxford University users from August to June.
These levels of use are not as high as those of UpToDate, our most similar resource. However, our original Best Practice bid to NOHF was in response to direct requests from students so we had therefore hoped to use some of the funds released by reducing the footprint of the Cairns Library to continue with the subscription to see how use developed over a further 12 months.
Unfortunately we have not been able to go forward our plans for the Cairns this year and we have not yet been able to identify any other sources of funds to cover the cost of renewing our subscription to Best Practice. We are continuing to explore what other sources of funds might be available but would like to warn current users of the package that our subscription may therefore expire at the end of July. We will keep you informed of and further developments.