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Health Information and Libraries Journal

Farahnaz Sadoughi, Tania Azadi, Tannaz Azadi
BACKGROUND: Nurses' use of electronic literature has remained limited. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to identify barriers concerning application of electronic literature on evidence based practice in nursing. METHODS: Six bibliographic databases were searched using the following keywords: challenges, barriers, obstacles, evidence based practice, EBP, information seeking, online databases, electronic literature, bibliographic databases and nurs*...
July 20, 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Heather Ganshorn, Dean Giustini
This article is the second in a new series in this regular feature. The intention of the series is to look at important global developments in health science libraries. These articles will serve as a road map, describing the key changes in the field and exploring factors driving these changes. The present article by two Canadian librarians identifies important national developments which are shaping the profession such as the centralisation of health care services, the challenge of providing consumer health information in the absence of a national strategy, government recognition of the need to recognise and respond to the health needs of indigenous peoples and the growing emphasis on managing research data...
July 15, 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Amanda Ross-White, Christina Godfrey
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether calculation of a 'Number Needed to Retrieve' (NNTR) is possible and desirable as a means of evaluating the utility of a database for systematic review. METHODS: To determine an overall NNTR, eight systematic reviews were tracked to determine how many abstracts were retrieved compared to the number of articles meeting the inclusion criteria. An NNTR was calculated for each database searched to measure the utility of including it in systematic review searches...
June 27, 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Emily M Johnson, Krista Jones, Patricia Eathington, Carmen Howard, Rebecca Raszewski, Naomi M Twigg
BACKGROUND: Public health nurses (PHNs) are challenged in obtaining opportunities to learn evidence-based practice (EBP). An interdisciplinary alliance was created between health sciences librarians and nurse educators to create a continuing education (CE) opportunity. OBJECTIVE: To measure the effectiveness of CE training for PHNs on the knowledge gained about the EBP process and information resources. METHODS: Ten in-person CE workshops were offered to 69 attendees in rural and urban areas...
June 25, 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Nicola Forgham-Healey
In most instances, inductions are the first time that users will be introduced to health library services. The time available in which to deliver library orientation sessions within a broader, Trust induction programme is often limited, and this can present challenges for health librarians. Inductions are a great marketing tool, and it is important that induction sessions make the right impact. Within a brief window of opportunity, the health librarian must impart key information to the inductees whilst ensuring the session is relevant and memorable...
June 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Jane Morgan-Daniel, Hugh Preston
This article summarises a case study on the information needs of Masters level Occupational Therapy 5 (OT) students at one English university. A mixed methods questionnaire was used to explore motivators for information-seeking, preferred information resources and barriers inhibiting the satisfaction of information needs. Thirteen recommendations for practice were formulated, focusing on how information professionals can best facilitate OT students' learning and evidence-based research skills in preparation for clinical practice...
June 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Emily Hopkins
Knowledge management has seen something of a resurgence in attention amongst health librarians recently. Of course it has never ceased to exist, but now many library staff are becoming more involved in organisational knowledge management, and positioning themselves as key players in the sphere. No single model of knowledge management is proliferating, but approaches that best fit the organisation's size, structure and culture, and a blending of evidence based practice and knowledge sharing. Whatever it is called and whatever models are used, it's clear that for librarians and information professionals, the importance of putting knowledge and evidence into practice, sharing knowledge well and capturing it effectively, are still what we will continue to do...
June 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Iman Tahamtan, Sara Pajouhanfar, Shahram Sedghi, Mohsen Azad, Masoud Roudbari
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to acquire knowledge about the factors affecting smartphone adoption for accessing information in medical settings in Iranian Hospitals. METHODS: A qualitative and quantitative approach was used to conduct this study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 21 medical residents and interns in 2013 to identify determinant factors for smartphone adoption. Afterwards, nine relationships were hypothesised. We developed a questionnaire to test these hypotheses and to evaluate the importance of each factor...
June 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Matt Vassar, Vadim Yerokhin, Philip Marcus Sinnett, Matthew Weiher, Halie Muckelrath, Branden Carr, Laura Varney, Gregory Cook
BACKGROUND: Failure to perform a comprehensive search when designing a systematic review (SR) can lead to bias, reducing the validity of review's conclusions. OBJECTIVE: We examined the frequency and choice of databases used by reviewers in clinical neurology. METHODS: Ninety-five SRs and/or meta-analyses were located across five prominent neurology journals between 2008 and 2014. Methods sections were reviewed, and all bibliographic databases were coded...
June 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Morwenna Rogers, Alison Bethel, Kate Boddy
BACKGROUND: Research involving the public as partners often proves difficult to locate due to the variations in terms used to describe public involvement, and inability of medical databases to index this concept effectively. OBJECTIVE: To design a search filter to identify literature where patient and public involvement (PPI) was used in health research. METHODS: A reference standard of 172 PPI papers was formed. The references were divided into a development set and a test set...
June 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Susan A LaValley, Marc T Kiviniemi, Elizabeth A Gage-Bouchard
OBJECTIVES: To identify health-related websites Americans are using, demographic characteristics associated with certain website type and how website type shapes users' online information seeking experiences. METHODS: Data from the Health Information National Trends Survey 4 Cycle 1 were used. User-identified websites were categorised into four types: government sponsored, commercially based, academically affiliated and search engines. Logistic regression analyses examined associations between users' sociodemographic characteristics and website type, and associations between website type and information search experience...
June 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Tung-Cheng Lin, Lih-Lian Hwang, Yung-Jye Lai
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have reported that credibility and content (argument quality) are the most critical factors affecting the quality of health information and its acceptance and use; however, this causal relationship merits further investigation in the context of health education. Moreover, message recipients' prior knowledge may moderate these relationships. OBJECTIVES: This study used the elaboration likelihood model to determine the main effects of argument quality, source credibility and the moderating effect of self-reported diabetes knowledge on message attitudes...
May 17, 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Audrey Marshall
The 2017 virtual issue of the Health Information and Libraries Journal (HILJ) is published to link to the 12th International Congress on Medical Librarianship and the 2017 EAHIL Workshop taking place in Dublin, Ireland on 12-16 June 2017. The conference title is Diversity in Practice: integrating, inspiring and innovative and it is exploring how health science librarianship, in all its diversity, is integrating, inspiring and innovating practice. These themes have been used to compile this virtual issue, which contains published articles selected from HILJ from the June 2014 issue through to September 2016...
April 25, 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Gemma Siemensma, Ann Ritchie, Suzanne Lewis
This article is the first in a new series in this regular feature. The intention of the series is to look at important global developments in health science libraries. Librarians will be invited to share with HILJ readers key initiatives in their country or region. These articles should serve as a road map, describing the key changes in the field and exploring factors driving these changes. We initiate this series with an article by three Australian librarians who use research findings to depict the evolving professional landscape in their country...
April 6, 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Nicholas Rowe
BACKGROUND: Posters are a popular way of presenting information at conferences. However, little research has been conducted into their development, and the patterns and extent of their use are unclear. OBJECTIVES: A mapping review was performed to chart the development and utilisation of the poster medium, and to highlight the main literature themes and contributions. METHODS: A search for the term 'poster presentation' was conducted simultaneously in 249 databases...
April 6, 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Aoife Lawton, Padraig Manning, Fiona Lawler
In this feature, guest writer Aoife Lawton discusses the outcomes of an information skills workshop delivered at a continuing professional development conference for health and social care professionals in Ireland. The primary aim of the study was to evaluate perceptions of the effectiveness of the workshop. The study provides details of how, through collaborative partnership, the workshop was developed and delivered. Application of an adapted version of the Kirkpatrick model of evaluation is presented alongside details of what impact the event had on the attendees both immediately after the workshop and 3 months post-workshop...
March 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Maria J Grant
The March 2017 issue of the Health Information and Libraries Journal marks the 10 year anniversary of the inaugural review published in the journal's review series. The review series was conceived to meet the growing appetite of health library and information workers to access synthesised evidence to inform their practice; something we'd already been doing to support medics in their practice. This editorial looks back on the 10 years and the inspiration which saw the development of a typology of review types and associated methodologies to address the lack of consistent guidelines on the features a review should incorporate...
March 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Caroline Plaice, Jon Lloyd, Pauline Shaw
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this research was to explore the library and information needs of health and social care students whilst on placement. METHODS: Both desk and primary research were conducted and included an online questionnaire to students and semi-structured interviews. RESULTS: The questionnaire was completed by 252 students from a variety of programmes, equivalent to a 10% response rate. The results indicate a wide range of factors impacting on the library and information experiences of students...
March 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Sara Ahmadizadeh, Ashraf Sadat Bozorgi, Ladan Kashani
This article is the first in the feature to come from Iran. The lead author, Sara Ahmadizadeh, manages the Library at Arash Women's Hospital and was awarded an MA in Information Science and Knowledge and Librarianship from Tehran Azad University in July 2015. Her MA dissertation was innovative and ambitious in that it looked at the impact of information therapy on levels of anxiety amongst women undergoing IVF treatment. Her study demonstrated that quality information sessions, delivered in a structured way, can have a positive impact on patients' awareness of their condition and can reduce anxiety...
March 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Jeannette Murphy, Serge Jargin
This is the last in a series of articles exploring international trends in health science librarianship in the 21st century. The focus of the present issue is Russia. The next feature column will initiate a new series entitled New Directions in Health Science Librarianship. The first contribution will be from Australia. JM.
March 2017: Health Information and Libraries Journal
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