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Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA

Patricia Tuohy, Judith Eannarino
The Exhibition Program, part of the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine, spotlights the collection of the library by creating exhibitions and educational resources that explore the social and cultural history of medicine. Our goal is to stimulate people's enthusiasm for history and encourage visitors of all ages to learn more about themselves and their communities. We do what we do because we believe that health and well-being are fundamental human rights and are essential to our American way of life...
July 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
Joseph Costello
Medical librarians lack professional development opportunities in the critical appraisal of biomedical evidence. An update to our professional development opportunities could support our efforts to teach critical appraisal of biomedical evidence during evidence-based medicine or information literacy instruction. If we enhance our understanding of latent influences on evidence quality-such as changes to Food and Drug Administration regulations, predatory or deceptive publishing practices, and clinical trial study designs-we can improve our value to medical education and hospital systems...
July 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
Natalie Tagge
Background: While the term "information literacy" is not often used, the skills associated with that concept are now central to the mission and accreditation process of medical schools. The simultaneous emphasis on critical thinking skills, knowledge acquisition, active learning, and development and acceptance of technology perfectly positions libraries to be central to and integrated into the curriculum. Case Presentation: This case study discusses how one medical school and health sciences library leveraged accreditation to develop a sustainable and efficient flipped classroom model for teaching information literacy skills to first-year medical students...
July 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
Joan B Wagner, Laurel Scheinfeld, Blanche Leeman, Keith Pardini, Jamie Saragossi, Katie Flood
Background: Although many libraries have offered 3D printing as a service or available technology, there is a lack of information on course-integrated programs for 3D printing in which the library played a primary role. Therefore, librarians at the Touro College School of Health Sciences began exploring 3D printing for inclusion in the occupational and physical therapy curriculum. Case Presentation: The goal of this project was to educate occupational and physical therapy students and faculty about the potential applications of 3D printing in health care and provide hands-on experience, while increasing collaboration between librarians and faculty...
July 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
Mechelle Sanders, Kate Bringley, Marie Thomas, Michele Boyd, Subrina Farah, Kevin Fiscella
Background: Most patients want more health information than their clinicians provide during office visits. Written information can complement information that is provided verbally, yet most primary care practices, including federally qualified health centers, have not implemented systematic programs to ensure that patients receive understandable, relevant, and accurate health information at the point of care. MedlinePlus in particular is underutilized. Case Presentation: The authors conducted a multimodal intervention to promote the use of MedlinePlus at a federally qualified health center...
July 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
Julia Alexandra Hunter, Taehoon Lee, Navindra Persaud
Objectives: The research compared the comprehensiveness and accuracy of two online resources that provide drug information: Lexicomp and Wikipedia. Methods: Medication information on five commonly prescribed medications was identified and comparisons were made between resources and the relevant literature. An initial content comparison of the following three categories of medication information was performed: dose and instructions, uses, and adverse effects or warnings...
July 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
Rita P Fleming-Castaldy
Objective: The study examined the efficacy of an interprofessional information and historical literacy project implemented by an occupational therapy educator and a librarian. Methods: A graduate course was revised to include information and historical literacy objectives and instruction. A course-specific questionnaire administered on the first and last day of class, assignment grades, and course evaluations provided measures of project outcomes for six years. Differences between questionnaire pre- and post-test means were determined using t -tests...
July 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
Jessica R Page
Objectives: This study established the percentage of veterinary research articles that are freely available online, availability differences inside and outside of core veterinary medicine publications, sources and trends in article availability over time, and author archiving policies of veterinary journals. This research is particularly important for unaffiliated practitioners who lack broad subscription access and the librarians who assist them. Methods: Web of Science citation data were collected for articles published from 2000-2014 by authors from twenty-eight accredited US colleges of veterinary medicine...
July 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
Hannah F Norton, Michele R Tennant, Mary E Edwards, Ariel Pomputius
Objective: At an academic health sciences library serving a wide variety of disciplines, studying library users' technology use provides necessary information on intersection points for library services. Administering a similar survey annually for five years generated a holistic view of users' technology needs and preferences over time. Methods: From 2012 to 2016, the University of Florida Health Science Center Library (HSCL) annually administered a sixteen-to-twenty question survey addressing health sciences users' technology awareness and use and their interest in using technology to engage with the library and its services...
July 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
Kerry Dhakal
Objective: The study sought to determine if librarians are collaborating with nurses and professional nursing organizations to teach evidence-based practice (EBP) continuing education courses, workshop, classes, or other training activities. Methods: A 15-question survey was sent to 1,845 members of the Medical Library Association through email. Results: The survey was completed by 201 consenting respondents. Some respondents (37) reported having experience teaching continuing education in collaboration with professional health care organizations and 8 respondents, more specifically, reported having experience teaching EBP continuing education courses, workshops, classes, or other training activities in collaboration with professional nursing organizations...
July 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
Heather K Moberly, Jessica R Page
Objectives: This study defined core and essential lists of recent, English-language veterinary medicine books using a data-driven methodology for potential use by a broad audience, including libraries that are building collections supporting veterinary sciences and One Health initiatives. Methods: Book titles were collected from monograph citation databases, veterinary examination reading lists, veterinary college textbook and library reserve lists, and published bibliographies...
July 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
Lisa Federer
Objectives: Many librarians are taking on new roles in research data services. However, the emerging field of data librarianship, including specific roles and competencies, has not been clearly established. This study aims to better define data librarianship by exploring the skills and knowledge that data librarians utilize and the training that they need to succeed. Methods: Librarians who do data-related work were surveyed about their work and educational backgrounds and asked to rate the relevance of a set of data-related skills and knowledge to their work...
July 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
Catherine Boden, Marie T Ascher, Jonathan D Eldredge
Objectives: The Medical Library Association (MLA) Systematic Review Project aims to conduct systematic reviews to identify the state of knowledge and research gaps for fifteen top-ranked questions in the profession. In 2013, fifteen volunteer-driven teams were recruited to conduct the systematic reviews. The authors investigated the experiences of participants in this large-scale, volunteer-driven approach to answering priority research questions and fostering professional growth among health sciences librarians...
July 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
Julia Sollenberger
Looking inside ourselves-being present and attentive to our own and others' words and feelings-helps us communicate and interact with a mindful, open heart. Mindfulness and patient-centeredness help caregivers provide higher quality care. Historical background on a predecessor of mindfulness-the biopsychosocial model of health and disease, developed at the University of Rochester-provides context for the mindfulness "movement" in health care. A culture of mindfulness, supported by mindfulness and meditation training for physicians and other health care providers, helps practitioners show greater compassion, kindness, and humanity, all qualities that patients need and deserve...
July 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
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April 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
Lisa Mastin
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April 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
Judith A Wiener
The radiation overexposure tragedy at a Columbus, Ohio, hospital impacted hundreds of patient lives and made a lasting impression on the regulation and oversight of the use of radiation medicine on a national level. Archival documentation of the incident and the current-day importance of the data collected during and after the event is discussed and highlights many of the reasons why the history of past medical disasters matters to us today.
April 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
Mary M Howrey
This commentary discusses the information needs of family caregivers and care recipients in the United States. Health sciences library services and outreach activities that support family caregivers include: (1) advocacy, (2) resource building, and (3) programming and education. Ethical issues related to the privacy and confidentiality of clients are outlined in the commentary for information service providers. Also, continuing professional education resources are identified to assist librarians in providing high-quality information services for this special family caregiver population, such as those designed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) through the NLM 4 Caregivers program...
April 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
Christina L Wissinger
Systematic reviews are a well-established and well-honed research methodology in the medical and health sciences fields. As the popularity of systematic reviews has increased, disciplines outside the sciences have started publishing them. This increase in familiarity has begun to trickle down from practitioners and faculty to graduate students and recently undergraduates. The amount of work and rigor that goes into producing a quality systematic review may make these types of research projects seem unattainable for undergraduate or graduate students, but is this an accurate assumption? This commentary discusses whether there is a place for undergraduate and graduate students in the systematic review process...
April 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
Rosie Hanneke
Helping students with systematic reviews goes against the instinct of many librarians, who see it as their duty to talk researchers out of these projects rather than to assist them. My perspective on helping students with systematic reviews changed after meeting with one student a few years ago. However, the question of whether the finished product will be publication-worthy or entirely free of error is secondary, in my view, to other potential benefits to the student in completing the assignment.
April 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
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