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Evaluating clinical librarian services: a systematic review

Brettle, A, Maden-Jenkins, M, Anderson, L, McNally, R, Pratchett, T, Tancock, J, Thornton, D and Webb, A 2010, 'Evaluating clinical librarian services: a systematic review' , Health Information & Libraries Journal, 28 (1) , pp. 3-22.

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    Abstract

    Background: Previous systematic reviews have indicated limited evidence and poor quality evaluations of clinical librarian (CL) services. Rigorous evaluations should demonstrate the value of CL services, but guidance is needed before this can be achieved. Objectives: To undertake a systematic review which examines models of CL services, quality, methods and perspectives of clinical librarian service evaluations. Methods: Systematic review methodology and synthesis of evidence, undertaken collaboratively by a group of 8 librarians to develop research and critical appraisal skills. Results: There are four clear models of clinical library service provision. Clinical librarians are effective in saving health professionals time, providing relevant, useful information and high quality services. Clinical librarians have a positive effect on clinical decision making by contributing to better informed decisions, diagnosis and choice of drug or therapy. The quality of CL studies is improving, but more work is needed on reducing bias and providing evidence of specific impacts on patient care. The Critical Incident Technique as part of a mixed method approach appears to offer a useful approach to demonstrating impact. Conclusions: This systematic review provides practical guidance regarding the evaluation of CL services. It also provides updated evidence regarding the effectiveness and impact of CL services. The approach used was successful in developing research and critical appraisal skills in a group of librarians.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RT Nursing
    Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Health Information & Libraries Journal
    Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1471-1834
    Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
    Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2011 16:47
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:51
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/14951

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