If you’ve ever wondered what the work of an NHS librarian entails, this extract from Lesley Firth may just give you a flavour. To read the full article click here.
In your Staff Library you will find people trained in locating up-to-date, evidence based information from reliable sources to support patient care just like Lesley.
Health professionals rely on the expertise provided by NHS librarians to aid the treatment of patients or to research rare illnesses.
“Health libraries and librarians are vital to the support of evidence-based medicine (EBM) and evidence-based practice (EBP). EBM and EBP is “the process of systematically reviewing, appraising and using clinical research findings to aid the delivery of optimum clinical care to patients” (fromWhat is Evidence-Based Medicine?).
… My job is to ensure health professionals have access to the best available information so that patients receive evidence-based treatments and care. Health libraries are essential to this provision and without them health professionals would have another burden on their shoulders; how to find the best information fast?
So, what do health librarians and health libraries do that is so important?