A proposal for clinical librarians in the era of evidence based healthcare, a need but a neglected profession: an experience

Manoj Kumar, Prabha and Rawat, P.P. (2009). A proposal for clinical librarians in the era of evidence based healthcare, a need but a neglected profession: an experience. In: Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship, Brisbane, Australia, (1-6). August 31-September 4, 2009.

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Author Manoj Kumar, Prabha
Rawat, P.P.
Title of paper A proposal for clinical librarians in the era of evidence based healthcare, a need but a neglected profession: an experience
Conference name Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates August 31-September 4, 2009
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 6
Formatted Abstract/Summary Medical library services ensure that health care providers have access to authoritative, accessible reliable, relevant, accurate, up to date and timely published information that enhances the quality of care. Due to the need of medical professionals for high quality information, medical libraries have been the early adopters of electronic resources to provide information and services. Increase in the use of information technology turns large volumes of information into practical guides.

Finally, evidence-based medicine can be understood as a medical "movement", where advocates work to popularize the method and usefulness of the practice in the public, patient communities, educational institutions, and continuing education of practicing professionals. Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is the process of systematically finding, appraising, and using contemporaneous research findings as the basis for clinical decisions. The move towards evidence based medicine or health care has been seen as a great benefit to health care librarians. The need for literature searches and critical appraisal of the results has led to librarians taking on new skills and relearning old ones.

The realization of an evidence-based health service presents opportunities for libraries to make a direct contribution to the decision-making process in the delivery of health care as clinical librarians by demonstrating their unique information and knowledge management skills. The recognition of a clinical librarian or an evidence-based librarian will have an effect on current hospital based library practice.
Subjects 0807 Library and Information Studies
Keyword Evidence Based Medicine
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
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