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   ISSN (Print) 1471-1834 - ISSN (Online) 1471-1842
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  • Health information needs of pregnant women: information sources, motives
           and barriers
    • Authors: Sudabeh Kamali; Leila Ahmadian, Reza Khajouei, Kambiz Bahaadinbeigy
      Abstract: BackgroundPregnant women should be provided with relevant and useful information to manage this specific period of their lives. Assessing information needs of this group is a prerequisite for providing this information.ObjectiveThe aim of this study was to assess the information needs of pregnant women during their pregnancy and childbirth.MethodsThis descriptive study was conducted on the pregnant women who attended antenatal clinics and obstetricians/gynaecologists’ offices in Kerman, Iran, in 2015. Data were collected using a self-administered, valid and reliable questionnaire. A total of 400 women participated in the study.FindingsMost pregnant women needed information about care of the foetus (n = 344, 86%), physical and psychological complications after delivery (n = 333, 83%), development and growth of the foetus (n = 330, 82.5%), pregnancy nutrition (n = 327, 82%) and special tests during pregnancy (n = 326, 81.5%). They mostly (n = 195, 49%) looked for information when they were suffering from a disease or pregnancy complications.ConclusionsAs pregnant women need extensive information to be able to take care of themselves and their babies, their information needs should be identified and taken into consideration when planning educational programmes for this group of women.
      PubDate: 2017-11-13T02:25:22.008441-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12200
  • Health sciences libraries in the United States: new directions
    • Authors: Barbara A. Epstein
      Abstract: This article is the third in a series in this regular feature. The intention of the series is to look at important global developments in health science libraries. These articles will serve as a road map, describing the key changes in the field and exploring factors driving these changes. The present article by the current president of the Medical Library Association outlines two important developments in the United States. The topics chosen for consideration are national initiatives in the United States impacting health sciences libraries and librarians and enhanced roles for U.S. health sciences librarians in providing support for research.J.M.
      PubDate: 2017-10-21T01:35:21.668951-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12199
  • The story continues: an overview of the ‘Dissertations into
           practice’ feature
    • Authors: Audrey Marshall
      Abstract: The ‘Dissertations into practice’ feature began life in March 2012 with a dual aim: to encourage students, recent graduates and new professionals to write for publication and to highlight the impact of student research on policy and practice. This article reflects on the initiative and demonstrates that it has been extremely successful in achieving both aims. It highlights the diverse range of contributions to the feature so far and proves that student research can and does influence policy and practice. It also demonstrates that, with the right encouragement and support, students are willing and able to write for academic publication and that they gain a lot from the experience.A. M.
      PubDate: 2017-10-19T06:35:59.997435-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12198
  • Consumer health information seeking in social media: a literature review
    • Authors: Yuehua Zhao; Jin Zhang
      Abstract: ObjectiveThe objective of this literature review was to summarise current research regarding how consumers seek health-related information from social media. Primarily, we hope to reveal characteristics of existing studies investigating the health topics that consumers have discussed in social media, ascertaining the roles social media have played in consumers’ information-seeking processes and discussing the potential benefits and concerns of accessing consumer health information in social media.MethodsThe Web of Science Core Collection database was searched for existing literature on consumer health information seeking in social media. The search returned 214 articles, of which 21 met the eligibility criteria following review of full-text documents.ConclusionBetween 2011 and 2016, twenty-one studies published explored various topics related to consumer information seeking in social media. These ranged from online discussions on specific diseases (e.g. diabetes) to public health concerns (e.g. pesticide residues). Consumers’ information needs vary depending on the health issues of interest. Benefits of health seeking on social media, in addition to filling a need for health information, include the social and emotional support health consumers gain from peer-to-peer interactions. These benefits, however, are tempered by concerns of information quality and authority and lead to decreased consumer engagement.
      PubDate: 2017-10-17T02:35:23.578187-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12192
  • Health information practice: integrating, inspiring and innovating
    • Authors: Audrey Marshall
      Abstract: The 2017 virtual issue of the Health Information and Libraries Journal (HILJ) is published to link to the 12th International Congress on Medical Librarianship and the 2017 EAHIL Workshop taking place in Dublin, Ireland on 12–16 June 2017. The conference title is Diversity in Practice: integrating, inspiring and innovative and it is exploring how health science librarianship, in all its diversity, is integrating, inspiring and innovating practice. These themes have been used to compile this virtual issue, which contains published articles selected from HILJ from the June 2014 issue through to September 2016. The virtual issue mirrors the format of a regular issue of HILJ, namely a review article, six original articles and our three regular features: ‘Dissertations into Practice’, ‘International Perspectives and Initiatives’ and ‘Teaching and Learning in Action’. All articles included in this virtual issue are available free online.
      PubDate: 2017-04-25T00:35:28.351362-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12182
  • Patient and Public Information delivery through NHS library and knowledge
           services: how Knowledge for Healthcare changed the landscape
    • Authors: Holly Case; Natasha Howard, Maria J. Grant
      Pages: 183 - 186
      Abstract: Health care library and knowledge services (LKS) are now expected to contribute to the provision of Patient and Public Information (PPI). The challenges of an ageing population, prevalence of long-term conditions and the encouragement of patients to self manage give added impetus. The Knowledge for Health care PPI Task and Finish Groups developed strategic partnerships with national organizations and produced a suite of resources to support LKS staff. Outputs include guidance, workshop materials, an Ideas Bank and Guide to NHS Choices. The work of the PPI Task and Finish groups will continue to support staff as they develop activities and evidence its impact.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16T17:32:09.04578-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12191
  • Barriers to using electronic evidence based literature in nursing
           practice: a systematised review
    • Authors: Farahnaz Sadoughi; Tania Azadi, Tannaz Azadi
      Pages: 187 - 199
      Abstract: BackgroundNurses’ use of electronic literature has remained limited.ObjectivesThe aim of this study was to identify barriers concerning application of electronic literature on evidence based practice in nursing.MethodsSix bibliographic databases were searched using the following keywords: challenges, barriers, obstacles, evidence based practice, EBP, information seeking, online databases, electronic literature, bibliographic databases and nurs*. Results were filtered to peer reviewed empirical studies, written in English or Persian and published from 2010 to 2017. Studies were selected based on specified inclusion criteria, and quality of the included studies was assessed. The approved articles (n = 21) were extracted and synthesised.DiscussionThere are different types of barriers in using electronic evidence based literature in nursing demonstrating the issue as a multi-faceted problem. Not having enough time to conduct a search was the first major barrier noted by almost 81% (n = 17) of the reviewed studies followed by lack of knowledge on searching skills (66%; n = 14) and access requirements (38%; n = 8).ConclusionsThere appears to be an important role for hospital management in providing nurses with enough time and access to online information while at work and also for health care librarians together with nursing leaders in providing the required training on using electronic evidence based literature.
      PubDate: 2017-07-20T01:26:07.214418-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12186
  • The medline UK filter: development and validation of a geographic search
           filter to retrieve research about the UK from OVID medline
    • Authors: Lynda Ayiku; Paul Levay, Tom Hudson, Jenny Craven, Elizabeth Barrett, Amy Finnegan, Rachel Adams
      Pages: 200 - 216
      Abstract: BackgroundA validated geographic search filter for the retrieval of research about the United Kingdom (UK) from bibliographic databases had not previously been published.ObjectivesTo develop and validate a geographic search filter to retrieve research about the UK from OVID medline with high recall and precision.MethodsThree gold standard sets of references were generated using the relative recall method. The sets contained references to studies about the UK which had informed National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance. The first and second sets were used to develop and refine the medline UK filter. The third set was used to validate the filter. Recall, precision and number-needed-to-read (NNR) were calculated using a case study.ResultsThe validated medline UK filter demonstrated 87.6% relative recall against the third gold standard set. In the case study, the medline UK filter demonstrated 100% recall, 11.4% precision and a NNR of nine.ConclusionA validated geographic search filter to retrieve research about the UK with high recall and precision has been developed. The medline UK filter can be applied to systematic literature searches in OVID medline for topics with a UK focus.
      PubDate: 2017-07-13T05:30:27.278155-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12187
  • Is there an optimum number needed to retrieve to justify inclusion of a
           database in a systematic review search'
    • Authors: Amanda Ross-White; Christina Godfrey
      Pages: 217 - 224
      Abstract: ObjectiveTo determine whether calculation of a ‘Number Needed to Retrieve’ (NNTR) is possible and desirable as a means of evaluating the utility of a database for systematic review.MethodsTo determine an overall NNTR, eight systematic reviews were tracked to determine how many abstracts were retrieved compared to the number of articles meeting the inclusion criteria. An NNTR was calculated for each database searched to measure the utility of including it in systematic review searches.ResultsAcross eight systematic reviews, 17 378 abstracts were reviewed. Of these, 122 met the inclusion criteria for their reviews resulting in an overall NNTR of 142. Individual reviews had an NNTR range of 28–310. Three databases delivered unique results (medline, cinahl and globalhealth). The majority of the included studies appeared in multiple databases. Only five articles were found in a single database.ConclusionsThis research offers a proof of concept of ‘NNTR’. While the eight review NNTRs varied widely, all were consistent with the range initially reported by Booth. Included articles consistently appeared in multiple databases, suggesting that duplicate abstracts should be screened first as these are likely to include highly relevant, high-quality results.
      PubDate: 2017-06-27T23:40:40.130217-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12185
  • Effects of argument quality, source credibility and self-reported diabetes
           knowledge on message attitudes: an experiment using diabetes related
    • Authors: Tung-Cheng Lin; Lih-Lian Hwang, Yung-Jye Lai
      Pages: 225 - 235
      Abstract: BackgroundPrevious studies have reported that credibility and content (argument quality) are the most critical factors affecting the quality of health information and its acceptance and use; however, this causal relationship merits further investigation in the context of health education. Moreover, message recipients' prior knowledge may moderate these relationships.ObjectivesThis study used the elaboration likelihood model to determine the main effects of argument quality, source credibility and the moderating effect of self-reported diabetes knowledge on message attitudes.MethodsA between-subjects experimental design using an educational message concerning diabetes for manipulation was applied to validate the effects empirically. A total of 181 participants without diabetes were recruited from the Department of Health, Taipei City Government. Four group messages were manipulated in terms of argument quality (high and low) × source credibility (high and low).ResultsArgument quality and source credibility of health information significantly influenced the attitude of message recipients. The participants with high self-reported knowledge participants exhibited significant disapproval for messages with low argument quality.ConclusionEffective health information should provide objective descriptions and cite reliable sources; in addition, it should provide accurate, customised messages for recipients who have high background knowledge level and ability to discern message quality.
      PubDate: 2017-05-17T03:40:33.802526-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12181
  • NExT: creating an interdisciplinary alliance to diminish informational
           barriers for public health nursing
    • Authors: Emily M. Johnson; Krista Jones, Patricia Eathington, Carmen Howard, Rebecca Raszewski, Naomi M. Twigg
      Pages: 236 - 246
      Abstract: BackgroundPublic health nurses (PHNs) are challenged in obtaining opportunities to learn evidence-based practice (EBP). An interdisciplinary alliance was created between health sciences librarians and nurse educators to create a continuing education (CE) opportunity.ObjectiveTo measure the effectiveness of CE training for PHNs on the knowledge gained about the EBP process and information resources.MethodsTen in-person CE workshops were offered to 69 attendees in rural and urban areas. A pre-test/post-test survey was administered immediately before and after the training that asked participants to rate their perceived knowledge and comfort levels with EBP concepts and resources.ResultsNinety-seven per cent of participants reported the training was a good use of their time. Based on a 5-point Likert scale self-assessment, participants developed new skills (m = 4.06, SD = 0.968) and were able to find evidence-based literature (m = 4.16, SD = 0.980). Participants reported increasing their understanding of EBP concepts and familiarity of information resources. All data were statistically significant at P < 0.001 (95% CI).DiscussionWith the interdisciplinary collaboration capitalising on the instructors' disciplinary skill sets, the team was able to create a new effective EBP education intervention for PHNs.ConclusionPublic health nurses were able to increase knowledge of EBP concepts and information resources to utilise in practice or grant development.
      PubDate: 2017-06-25T22:37:53.33237-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12184
  • The impact of body image on Fitbit use: a comparison across genders
    • Authors: Amber Edwards
      Pages: 247 - 251
      Abstract: This article is the first in the feature to explore personal tracking devices – in this case the Fitbit – and the relationship between their use and people's self-perceptions and behaviour. Amber Edwards conducted the research for her MA dissertation at the University of Sheffield, graduating with an MA in Librarianship in January 2017. Her study shows that body image plays a large role in Fitbit use and that this is slightly more evident in females than males, although the differences are subtle. She argues that the results have implications for information professionals involved in teaching health information literacy. Amber began working in the library at Bishop Grosseteste University in June 2016, while completing her dissertation.A. M.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16T17:32:07.764447-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12188
  • New Directions in Health Sciences Libraries in Canada: Research and
           Evidence based Practice Are Key
    • Authors: Heather Ganshorn; Dean Giustini
      Pages: 252 - 257
      Abstract: This article is the second in a new series in this regular feature. The intention of the series is to look at important global developments in health science libraries. These articles will serve as a road map, describing the key changes in the field and exploring factors driving these changes. The present article by two Canadian librarians identifies important national developments which are shaping the profession such as the centralisation of health care services, the challenge of providing consumer health information in the absence of a national strategy, government recognition of the need to recognise and respond to the health needs of indigenous peoples and the growing emphasis on managing research data. Although their profession is strong, health science librarians must find ways of providing enhanced services with fewer staff and demonstrate value to organisations. JM
      PubDate: 2017-07-15T00:51:25.841787-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12190
  • In-house peer supported literature search training: a public health
    • Authors: Anh Tran
      Pages: 258 - 262
      Abstract: Public Health England plays a vital role in ensuring the health of the nation. The Knowledge and Library Service (KLS) is a key part of the organisation's evidence supply chain. KLS staff handle over 200 requests for literature searches per annum, and this number is increasing exponentially year on year. Searches are often complex and require specialist public health knowledge to complete effectively. Library staff who are new to the area of public health require support and training. In this article, Anh Tran, Knowledge and Evidence Specialist for Public Health England, discusses a peer supported literature search training course that has been developed in-house for the benefit of new library staff, and to increase the Knowledge and Library Service's literature searching capacity at Public Health England.H. S.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16T17:32:06.83834-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12189
  • Engaging in research: challenges and opportunities for health library and
           information professionals
    • Authors: Jeannette Murphy
      Abstract: This year's virtual issue (the 6th in the series) has been published to coincide with the European Association for Health Information and Libraries’ (EAHIL) 2015 workshop (10–12 June, Edinburgh): Research-Minded: Understanding, Supporting, Conducting Research. This event is being run in collaboration with the International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists and the International Clinical Librarian Conference. Although research has always been a central part of any librarian's role, until recently health librarians and library users and funding bodies assumed that librarians were ‘midwives’ – there to assist students, clinicians, academics and managers set up and carry out their research. The notion of the librarian as a professional with a research agenda, who understands research methods, submits research grants, and publishes, is a relatively new perspective. If librarians are to take an evidence-based approach to their profession they need to acquire research skills. This is the rationale for the 2015 EAHIL workshop. To support the workshop, this virtual issue contains six original articles published in Health Information and Libraries Journal over the last 2 years that demonstrate the range of research activities carried out by health librarians, as well as a review article and articles from each of the three feature columns. All articles included in this virtual issue are available free online.
      PubDate: 2015-05-18T01:32:32.651627-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12107
  • The role of the health information professional
    • Authors: Audrey Marshall
      Abstract: This virtual issue has been published to mark the CILIP Health Libraries Group 2014 Conference, taking place in Oxford on 24th and 25th July 2014. The issue's theme is to highlight the key role of the health information professional and it shines a spotlight on professional expertise, demonstrating what we can share and learn from each other. It comprises a collection of articles published in the Health Information and Libraries Journal during the last 2 years but is very much about looking forward. The articles selected embrace three main themes: new ways of working; acquiring new skills and competencies; and fine-tuning existing skills and practices. The virtual issue mirrors the format of the regular journal, namely a review article, six original articles and the three regular features, covering Dissertations into Practice, International Perspectives and Initiatives and Learning and Teaching in Action. All articles included in this virtual issue are available free online.
      PubDate: 2014-07-15T04:57:19.233051-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12077
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