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Libraries have been put at the heart of an evidence-based NHS

Posted by Editor on October 10, 2008

From User Education for Librarians at:

comes news of a recent report from the UK:

Report of a National Review of NHS Health Library Services in England: from knowledge to health in the 21st century.

Key role of NHS health libraries.
This report has been produced by Professor Peter Hill. He has carried out a review of NHS Library Services in England, making 50 recommendations and identifying four key purposes for health library services:

  1. Clinical decision making by patients, their carers as appropriate, and health professionals.
  2. Commissioning decision and health policy making.
  3. Research.
  4. Lifelong learning by health professionals.

Click here to read the full review.

With a response from the Medical Library Association:

MLA is working on advocacy for our members and their roles, most notably right now through the Vital Pathways Project I think I just received information about Sir Muir Gray who’s cited in the paper from the group yesterday and his work in bringing NHS library services to their current position. There are certainly comparisons that can be made between UK and US medical librarians, particularly in the dedication to supporting evidence-based medicine, the importance of lifelong learning, and the importance of being part of the health care team. MLA has had several initiatives in this regard including the informationist, supporting research on the value of the medical librarian, and disseminating a variety of advocacy tools to help librarians promote their value. We continue to work closely with NLM on projects, included our current project of exploring and promoting the librarians’ role in health information literacy.

I am going to pass these documents on to the Vital Pathways group as additional resource documents for their work. Thanks again.

Carla J. Funk, MLS, MBA, CAE
Executive Director
Medical Library Association


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