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Health Information and Libraries Journal

Ijeoma J Ibegbulam, Chinwendu C Akpom, Fidelia N Enem, Dora I Onyam
BACKGROUND: Adolescent female students should be provided opportunities to access reproductive health information to navigate this period of development successfully. Examining the use of the Internet for accessing reproductive health information by this group will provide useful information on their information needs and seeking behaviour. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the use of the Internet for reproductive health information among adolescent female students in secondary schools in Enugu, Nigeria...
November 14, 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Emmanuel C Meribole, Olusesan Ayodeji Makinde, Akin Oyemakinde, Kolawole Azeez Oyediran, Akinyemi Atobatele, Fadeke A Fadeyibi, Aderemi Azeez, Duke Ogbokor, Olufunso Adebayo, Wura Adebayo, Emmanuel Abatta, Anthony Adoghe, Samuel Bolaji Adebayo, Zainab Mahmoud, Greg Ashefor, Samson Babatunde Adebayo, Ibrahim Ozovehe Yisa, Adeleke Balogun, Ogochukwu Chukwujekwu, Ibrahim Dalhatu, Ibrahim Jahun, Samson Bamidele, Dorcas O Johnson, Mukhtar Ibrahim, Frank Akpan, Bolatito Aiyenigba, Ogbonnaya Igwe Omaha, Aluka Terpase, Chibuzo Ottih, Olugbemiga Adelakin, Stephanie Mullen, Nosakhare Orobaton
BACKGROUND: Nigeria's national health information system (HIS) data sources are grouped into institutional and population based data that traverse many government institutions. Communication and collaboration between these institutions are limited, fraught with fragmentation and challenges national HIS functionality. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this paper was to share insights from and the implications of a recent review of Nigeria's HIS policy in 2014 that resulted in its substantial revision...
November 12, 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Ann De Meulemeester, Bérengère Schietse, Bruno Vermeeren, Elke Ghesquière, Ghislaine Declève, Heidi Buysse, Inge Discart, Katrien Alewaeters, Nancy Durieux, Renaat Peleman, Nele Pauwels
This article is part of a new series in this regular feature. The series intend to serve as a road map by sharing expertise and drawing together trends that are relevant to both health science librarians and health informatics professionals. The present article is a collaboration of six medical and health sciences libraries in Belgium and the Flemish library and archive association (VVBAD, n.d., It aims to elucidate the extended, user-tailored approach provided by medical and health sciences libraries in Belgium motivated by the recent changes in user expectations and behaviour...
November 2, 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Niloofar Solhjoo, Nader Naghshineh, Fatima Fahimnia, Amir R Ameri-Naeini
OBJECTIVE: Veterinarians and their clients are using online information to improve pets' health. There are no comprehensive frameworks, theories and models to intervene and evaluate online health information seeking behaviour (HISB) of pet owners. The objective of this paper was to provide a comprehensive review of the literature and propose a model for evaluating and intervening pet owner's HISB. METHODS: The framework emerges from a systematic literature review and qualitative content analysis...
November 1, 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Sina Joneidy, Maria Burke
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to identify and analyse the US Health Sector concept of the 'Meaningful Use' of electronic health records (EHR's) based on the wide diversity of discourses in the published literature. Meaningful Use is defined as 'use of digital medical and health records to improve quality, safety and efficiency of patient health information'. METHODS: Herman Dooyeweerd's philosophical suite of aspects was the chosen research tool used to analyse seminal papers concerning the Meaningful Use of EHRs...
September 28, 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Hadas Matas, Jenny Bronstein
BACKGROUND: This paper examines the health literacy of seniors and the strategies they use to deal with health uncertainty in the context of changes in the health system in Israel that have created a need to examine health literacy in this sector of the population who use the health system the most. The oldest were born and grew up in an era when a physician's knowledge was unchallenged; now, they find it difficult to cope with the expectation of patients taking a role in decision making...
September 24, 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Oluwaseun I Obasola, Iyabo M Mabawonku
BACKGROUND: A few studies have examined mothers' perception of ICT and maternal and child health (MCH) information promoted using ICT. The effectiveness of different modes of delivery of such information is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To investigate mothers' perceived usefulness of ICT and MCH information disseminated through e-health projects in Nigeria. METHODS: The study was a descriptive survey that was based on the mixed method paradigm. A questionnaire was used to collect data from 1001 mothers involved in ongoing ICT based projects in Nigeria...
September 24, 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
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
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
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