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Health Information and Libraries Journal

Marcia Tummers, Ralph van Hoorn, Charlotte Levering, Andrew Booth, Gert Jan van der Wilt, Wietske Kievit
BACKGROUND: Treatment effects differ across patients. To guide selection of treatments for patients, it is essential to acknowledge these differences and identify moderators or predictors. Our aim was to generate optimal search strategies (commonly known as filters) for PubMed to retrieve papers identifying moderators and predictors of treatment effects. METHODS: Six journals were hand-searched for articles on moderators or predictors. Selected articles were randomly allocated to a development and validation set...
July 13, 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Alireza Rahimi, Mohammad R Soleymani, Alireza Hashemian, Mohammad R Hashemian, Azra Daei
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the models and methods for evaluating digital libraries. METHODS: Springer, Science Direct, ProQuest, Emerald, Wiley, LISTA, Web of Science (WOS), Scopus, Magiran (Persian), Irandoc (Persian), SID (Persian) and Noormags (Persian) databases were searched systematically based on the defined criteria. Selection criteria included full-text articles and dissertations published in English and Persian languages in 2004-2017...
September 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Thomas Vandendriessche, Marleen Michels, Linda Stoop, Natasja Vissenaekens, Inge Discart
Academic libraries play an important role in the provision of health information literacy (IL) skills and there are many approaches to how these can be delivered. In this paper, guest writers Inge Discart and colleagues from KU Leuven Libraries 2Bergen Information Centre (2BIC) in Belgium discuss a pop-up information literacy skills project. In particular, the article presents the findings from an initial information skills needs assessment conducted at the University, followed by how the concept of the pop-up sessions was developed and promoted throughout the organisation...
September 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Maria J Grant
After the excitement of this summer's Health Libraries Group conference, it is important to maintain that sense of momentum and enthusiasm that being with like-minded library and information workers can bring. #HLG2018 certainly presented plenty of opportunities for collaboration and the enthusiasm to put ideas into action. The launch of CILIP's Health Hub, bringing together content and resources co-produced with CILIP members, together with additional categories specifically designed for those working in health to extend CILIP's...
September 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Stephen Ayre, Alison Brettle, Dominic Gilroy, Douglas Knock, Rebecca Mitchelmore, Sophie Pattison, Susan Smith, Jenny Turner
BACKGROUND: Health libraries contribute to many activities of a health care organisation. Impact assessment needs to capture that range of contributions. OBJECTIVES: To develop and pilot a generic impact questionnaire that: (1) could be used routinely across all English NHS libraries; (2) built on previous impact surveys; and (3) was reliable and robust. METHODS: This collaborative project involved: (1) literature search; (2) analysis of current best practice and baseline survey of use of current tools and requirements; (3) drafting and piloting the questionnaire; and (4) analysis of the results, revision and plans for roll out...
September 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Lotta Haglund, Annikki Roos, Petra Wallgren-Björk
Librarians in Sweden are facing huge challenges in meeting the demands of their organisations and users. This article looks at four key areas: coping with open science/open access initiatives; increasing demands from researchers for support doing systematic reviews; understanding user experiences in Swedish health science libraries; and the consequences of expanding roles for recruitment and continuing professional development. With regard to changing roles, there is an increasing shift from the generalist towards the expert role...
September 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Nancy Durieux, Christelle Maillart, Anne-Françoise Donneau, Françoise Pasleau
BACKGROUND: The integration of evidence-based practice (EBP) into speech and language therapy (SLT) curricula has been increasingly encouraged in recent years. OBJECTIVES: The study aimed to evaluate whether an educational module on EBP for undergraduate SLT students can improve their EBP competencies. METHODS: The EBP module, taught by a SLT faculty member and a librarian, was delivered over 2 months. All fourth year SLT students (trained group) and all fourth year psychology students (control group) of the University of Liège (Belgium) were asked to participate in the study...
September 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Martin McMahon, Chris Hatton, Simon Alberici
This paper outlines the inter-professional collaboration of the authors, a PhD student, his supervisor and an information professional, to systematically search the literature for an ill-defined concept. The research question posed for the scoping literature review indicated that the topic, the subjective socio-economic status and health of adults with intellectual disabilities, was rare. The need for a methodological search process was therefore identified and successfully carried out. The paper presents an analysis of the processes and the collaboration involved in developing a successful search strategy...
September 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Peter van der Graaf, Mandy Cheetham, Karen McCabe, Rosemary Rushmer
BACKGROUND: Published research evidence is typically not readily applicable to practice but needs to be actively mobilised. OBJECTIVES: This paper explores the mechanisms used by information professionals with a specific knowledge mobilisation role to make evidence useful for local decision making and planning of public health interventions. METHODS: Data are drawn from a NIHR project that studied how, when, where and by whom published research evidence is used in commissioning and planning across two sites (one in England and one in Scotland)...
September 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Julio Villanueva, Isabel Delgado, Julio R Saldarriaga, Maria Garcia Gargallo, Yanina Amaro, Sebastián Zapata, Lorena Núñez, Gabriel Zamorano, Hector Pardo-Hernandez, Xavier Bonfill, Conchita Martin
BACKGROUND: To identify controlled clinical trials (CCTs) published in Spanish and in Latin American dental journals, and provide access to this body of evidence in a single source. METHODS: Handsearching, following Cochrane Collaboration guidelines, of CCTs published in Spanish dental journals from Spain and Latin America. For each eligible trial, we collected the dental specialty, the interventions evaluated, whether and how randomisation was achieved, and the corresponding bibliographic reference...
September 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Hannah Spring
The current trends influencing change in health information and library settings are presenting some exciting new opportunities for health information specialists. Increasingly, knowledge specialists are playing a pivotal role in the effective mobilisation of knowledge and evidence. The focus for our profession will continue to be on demonstrating the value and impact of our services, but a shift in expectations about how those services are delivered will need to be underpinned by new tools and skill sets. These issues are reflected in the themes of the Health Libraries Group 2018 conference, and in conjunction with the event, this virtual issue draws together a collection of articles reflecting those themes...
June 8, 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Kelley Wadson, Leah Adeline Phillips
BACKGROUND: Although information literacy skills are recognized as important to the curriculum and professional outcomes of two-year nursing programs, there is a lack of research on the information literacy skills and support needed by graduates. OBJECTIVE: To identify the information literacy skills and consequent training and support required of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in Alberta, Canada. METHOD: An online survey using a random sample of new graduates (graduated within 5 years) from the registration database of the College of Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA)...
June 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Mark E Murphy
This editorial is based on the keynote by Dr Mark Murphy, Department of General Practice, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, at the Health Libraries Group conference, Keele University on 13-15 June 2018.
June 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Sean Stone, Michelle Quirke, M Sara Lowe
With the increased emphasis on evidence based practice, developing information literacy skills earlier in health care education programmes is widely accepted. However finding opportunities for relevant teaching can present challenges, often leading to a lack of integration. In this paper, guest writers Sean Stone and colleagues from Indiana University discuss their involvement with an expanded dental hygiene curriculum in the University School of Dentistry. This expansion has provided the opportunity to plan integration of information and oral health literacy instruction and evidence based practice across the new curriculum, and provide transferable skills for any major...
June 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Kimia Zeraatkar, Maryam Ahmadi
INTRODUCTION: The health care industry is rich in data and information. Web technologies, such as search engines and social media, have provided an opportunity for the management of user generated data in real time in the form of infodemiology studies. The aim of this study was to investigate infodemiology studies conducted during 2002-2016, and compare them based on developed, developing and in transition countries. METHODS: This scoping review was conducted in 2017 with the help of the PRISMA guidelines...
June 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Zhiyun Xie, Jianjing Zhang
This article briefly describes the services provided by Chinese health science libraries and the factors which influence service provision. Driven by new technologies and national initiatives, the key services delivered by Chinese health libraries in the last 10 years have been research support services (such as research impact assessment, support for data management), evidence-based medicine, systematic reviews, the promotion of health information literacy, and the development of institutional repositories...
June 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Salman B Naeem, Rubina Bhatti
The study reported is part of Dr. Naeem's doctoral research, supervised by Professor Bhatti, with the objective to propose an information outreach programme for health care professionals working in rural areas of the Punjab province, Pakistan. A cross-sectional survey was conducted involving 517 practitioners from across different health care facilities in the area. The goals of the outreach programme are identified on the basis of the findings regarding practitioners' current usage and awareness of, as well as attitude and self-efficacy towards using health information resources...
June 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Su Golder, Kath Wright, Yoon Kong Loke
BACKGROUND: Search filter development for adverse effects has tended to focus on retrieving studies of drug interventions. However, a different approach is required for surgical interventions. OBJECTIVE: To develop and validate search filters for medline and Embase for the adverse effects of surgical interventions. METHODS: Systematic reviews of surgical interventions where the primary focus was to evaluate adverse effect(s) were sought. The included studies within these reviews were divided randomly into a development set, evaluation set and validation set...
June 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Janet O Adekannbi
BACKGROUND: The problem of incomplete transmission of traditional medical knowledge to the younger generation is of concern to information professionals especially in developing countries where most rural communities depend on traditional medicine for primary health care. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the collaboration between orthodox and traditional medical practitioners as well as the implication of the collaboration for transmission of traditional medical knowledge in Nigeria...
June 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Hannah Spring
The effective delivery of information literacy training can be a challenging process, and health library and information professionals are constantly innovating in this area. This article presents a case study of the BHSc (Hons) Occupational therapy degree programme at York St John University to demonstrate ways in which deep integration of information skills into the curriculum can be achieved. The article advises that in the delivery of health and social care related information skills, we should look more broadly at where relevant learning can happen...
March 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
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