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Do NHS libraries have a role in providing information for patient care?

Brettle, A and Ormandy, P 2008, Do NHS libraries have a role in providing information for patient care? , Project Report, University of Salford, Salford.

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    Abstract

    Given that one of the main roles of an NHS library is the provision of access and training to health information for NHS staff and that health librarians are skilled in accessing, using and to some extent understanding health care information, to some it may seem a logical step for NHS libraries to be involved in the provision of health information to patients. This may not necessarily mean opening up the library to patients, but supporting other NHS staff to provide information to patients. However there are also issues about duplication, appropriateness and implementation that should be taken into consideration when examining the role of the NHS library in providing information for patient care. This report describes a project that aimed to explore these issues by asking: • What public sector based information services are currently provided to patients and carers in the North West and by whom? • What are the views of key stakeholders regarding: o Whether NHS libraries should provide information to patients and carers? o Whether NHS libraries could provide information to patients and carers? o What type of services could be offered? o What roles could NHS libraries play? • If NHS libraries were to provide information to patients and carers, what would be needed to facilitate and/or support them?

    Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: libraries health libraries patient information consumer health information NHS libraries
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
    Subjects / Themes > Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z719 Libraries (General)
    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
    Publisher: University of Salford
    Funders: North West Health Care Libraries Unit
    Depositing User: AJ Brettle
    Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2010 13:28
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:04
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/3151

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