An evaluation of the TOOL (Toowoomba Online Literature Search) Protocol for improving literature searches in a hospital setting

O’Connor, Patrick and McDonald, Daniel (2009). An evaluation of the TOOL (Toowoomba Online Literature Search) Protocol for improving literature searches in a hospital setting. In: Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship, Brisbane, Australia, (1-5). August 31-September 4, 2009.

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Author O’Connor, Patrick
McDonald, Daniel
Title of paper An evaluation of the TOOL (Toowoomba Online Literature Search) Protocol for improving literature searches in a hospital setting
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 5
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This paper describes the development, application and assessment of the TOOL Protocol. The protocol was developed for use in non university hospitals with a broad clinical base, undergraduate education programs and limited local research capacity. Protocols used in other comparable health services were adapted to meet local needs by creating versions that incorporated an vidence synopsis and local information sources.
The protocol has facilitated the following activities:
• Documenting the planning, management and execution of comprehensive literature searches  
• Benchmarking and audit of librarians’ literature searching skills and knowledge  
• Demonstrating good literature searching practice to clinicians  
• Educating clinicians about information resources, systems and scholarly publishing  
• Supporting evidence‐based practice and effective knowledge translation  
• Marketing library services  
Assessment of the protocol’s impact has been conducted via clinician self report and librarian peer review. This has guided further refinements and modifications to the protocol, including the development of abridged, discipline specific and complete versions. Further assessment of the protocol as a tool for teaching literature searching is required before it can be adopted more widel. In the absence of any previous program for locally assessing literature searching practices and techniques the protocol has ben valuable for providing baseline performance data.
An electronic version is under development and it will provide a map for clinicians seeking information beyond their normal scoe of practice. The electronic version of the protocol will articulate with electronic databases to improve efficiency.
Subjects 0807 Library and Information Studies
Keyword Evidence Based Practice
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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