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The costs and effectiveness of mediated searching and information skills training: quantitative results from the EMPIRIC project

Brettle, A, Hulme, CT and Ormandy, P 2006, 'The costs and effectiveness of mediated searching and information skills training: quantitative results from the EMPIRIC project' , Health Information and Libraries Journal, 23 (4) , pp. 239-247.

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Abstract

Objectives: To compare the effectiveness and costs of providing information for patient care via librarian-mediated searches and information-skills training. Methods: A questionnaire survey to library staff and health professionals in the North West. Data was collected on perceptions of services, satisfaction and service usage, allowing a cost analysis to be undertaken. Statistical data was analysed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Results: Using satisfaction and use of skills as outcome measures, both mediated searches and information skills training are effective. A breakdown of costs per type of training session and literature search is provided. Cost-effectiveness is dependent on whether costs are viewed from a library or trust point of view. Providing information skills training does not reduce the volume of mediated search requests. Conclusions: No one method of providing information for health professionals is more effective or cost-effective than another. A decision about which services to provide cannot be made on the basis of effectiveness or costs alone; the views of library staff and the health professionals they serve should also be taken into account. A proactive approach and targeting training towards those who are most likely to benefit may be an appropriate way forward.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Subjects / Themes > Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
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 and Libraries Journal
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 02656647
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2007 14:29
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:44
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/9

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