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Journal Cover Health Information and Libraries Journal
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   ISSN (Print) 1471-1834 - ISSN (Online) 1471-1842
   Published by John Wiley and Sons Homepage  [1597 journals]
  • Hospital nurses’ information retrieval behaviours in relation to
           evidence based nursing: a literature review
    • Authors: Berit Elisabeth Alving; Janne Buck Christiansen, Lars Thrysoe
      Abstract: ObjectiveThe purpose of this literature review is to provide an overview of the information retrieval behaviour of clinical nurses, in terms of the use of databases and other information resources and their frequency of use.MethodsSystematic searches carried out in five databases and handsearching were used to identify the studies from 2010 to 2016, with a populations, exposures and outcomes (PEO) search strategy, focusing on the question: In which databases or other information resources do hospital nurses search for evidence based information, and how often'ResultsOf 5272 titles retrieved based on the search strategy, only nine studies fulfilled the criteria for inclusion. The studies are from the United States, Canada, Taiwan and Nigeria. The results show that hospital nurses’ primary choice of source for evidence based information is Google and peers, while bibliographic databases such as PubMed are secondary choices. Data on frequency are only included in four of the studies, and data are heterogenous.ConclusionsThe reasons for choosing Google and peers are primarily lack of time; lack of information; lack of retrieval skills; or lack of training in database searching. Only a few studies are published on clinical nurses’ retrieval behaviours, and more studies are needed from Europe and Australia.
      PubDate: 2018-01-12T01:41:00.125794-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12204
  • Peer teaching and information retrieval: the role of the NICE Evidence
           search student champion scheme in enhancing students’ confidence
    • Authors: Laura Sbaffi; Elaine Hallsworth, Anne Weist
      Abstract: BackgroundThis research reports on the NICE Evidence search (ES) student champion scheme (SCS) first five years of activity (2011–2016) in terms of its impact on health care undergraduate students’ information search skills and search confidence.ObjectivesA review of students’ evaluation of the scheme was carried out to chart the changes in attitude towards NICE Evidence search as an online health care information source and to monitor students’ approach to information seeking.MethodsThis study is based on the results of questionnaires distributed to students before and after attending a training session on NICE Evidence search delivered by their own peers. The exercise was implemented in health related universities in England over a period of five consecutive academic years.Results(i) Students’ search confidence improved considerably after the training; (ii) ES was perceived as being an increasingly useful resource of evidence based information for their studies; (iii) the training helped students develop discerning search skills and use evidence based information sources more consistently and critically.ConclusionsThe NICE SCS improves confidence in approaching information tasks amongst health care undergraduate students. Future developments could involve offering the training at the onset of a course of study and adopting online delivery formats to expand its geographical reach.
      PubDate: 2018-01-11T00:14:22.471818-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12208
  • Forward view: advancing health library and knowledge services in England
    • Authors: Sue Lacey Bryant; Helen Bingham, Ruth Carlyle, Alison Day, Linda Ferguson, David Stewart
      Abstract: This article is the fourth in a series on New Directions. The National Health Service is under pressure, challenged to meet the needs of an ageing population, whilst striving to improve standards and ensure decision making is underpinned by evidence. Health Education England is steering a new course for NHS library and knowledge services in England to ensure access to knowledge and evidence for all decision makers. Knowledge for Healthcare calls for service transformation, role redesign, greater coordination and collaboration.To meet user expectations, health libraries must achieve sustainable, affordable access to digital content. Traditional tasks will progressively become mechanised. Alongside supporting learners, NHS librarians and knowledge specialists will take a greater role as knowledge brokers, delivering business critical services. They will support the NHS workforce to signpost patients and the public to high-quality information. There is a need for greater efficiency and effectiveness through greater co-operation and service mergers. Evaluation of service quality will focus more on outcomes, less on counting. These changes require an agile workforce, fit for the future.There is a bright future in which librarians’ expertise is used to mobilise evidence, manage and share knowledge, support patients, carers and families, optimise technology and social media and provide a keystone for improved patient care and safety.
      PubDate: 2018-01-10T23:28:10.458662-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12206
  • eBook management in NHS libraries in the North of England: perceptions and
    • Authors: Katie Nicholas
      Abstract: In this article, Katie Nicholas presents the findings of a very topical piece of research into the use of eBooks in health libraries, which she completed for a Masters dissertation. Katie graduated with an MA in Library and Information Management (Distinction) from Manchester Metropolitan University in July 2017. She would like to acknowledge the support of her supervisor, Rachel Delbridge, in helping her to gain a Distinction in her dissertation. In the article, she points out that the use of eBooks in the NHS is low compared to other sectors and she presents the findings from her research, which help to explain this. She outlines the development of an electronic tool to help library and information staff make sense of the complexity around eBooks and makes further very practical recommendations for practitioners.A. M
      PubDate: 2018-01-03T07:06:07.728225-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12207
  • Clinical information seeking in traumatic brain injury: a survey of
           Veterans Health Administration polytrauma care team members
    • Authors: Timothy Hogan; Rachael Martinez, Charlesnika Evans, Karen Saban, Eric Proescher, Monica Steiner, Bridget Smith
      Abstract: BackgroundThe polytraumatic nature of traumatic brain injury (TBI) makes diagnosis and treatment difficult.ObjectivesTo (1) characterise information needs among Veterans Health Administration (VHA) polytrauma care team members engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of TBI; (2) identify sources used for TBI related information; and (3) identify barriers to accessing TBI related information.MethodsCross-sectional online survey of 236 VHA polytrauma care team members.ResultsMost respondents (95.8%) keep at least somewhat current regarding TBI, but 31.5% need more knowledge on diagnosing TBI and 51.3% need more knowledge on treating TBI. Respondents use VHA affiliated sources for information, including local colleagues (81.7%), VHA offsite conferences/meetings (78.3%) and onsite VHA educational offerings (73.6%); however, limited time due to administrative responsibilities (50.9%), limited financial resources (50.4%) and patient care (50.4%) were prominent barriers.DiscussionMedical librarians are in a unique position to develop information services, resources and other electronic tools that reflect the clinical context in which polytrauma care team members practice, and the different tasks they perform.ConclusionPolytrauma care team members could benefit from additional information regarding the diagnosis and treatment of TBI. Addressing their information needs and supporting their information seeking requires a mulit-pronged approach to time and financial constraints.
      PubDate: 2017-12-12T00:56:02.890408-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12203
  • 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
  • Learning from the past to inform the future
    • Authors: Maria J. Grant
      Pages: 267 - 267
      Abstract: In this final issue of 2017, we are in a reflective mood at the Health Information and Libraries Journal as we say goodbye to Audrey Marshall, Regular Feature Editor of Dissertations into Practice. While Audrey departs, Dissertations into Practice is now a firm fixture of the Health Information and Libraries Journal; there remains no better place for students to see their writing, possibly for the first time, in print. This issue also provides an opportunity to review the breadth of health information writing through the editorials of past Virtual Issues of the Health Information and Libraries Journal, all still available, free of charge, via the journal's home page at
      PubDate: 2017-12-21T00:27:37.10194-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12202
  • Delivering a MOOC for literature searching in health libraries: evaluation
           of a pilot project
    • Authors: Gil Young; Lisa McLaren, Michelle Maden
      Pages: 312 - 318
      Abstract: In an era when library budgets are being reduced, Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC's) can offer practical and viable alternatives to the delivery of costly face-to-face training courses. In this study, guest writers Gil Young from Health Care Libraries Unit - North, Lisa McLaren from Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Liverpool University PhD student Michelle Maden describe the outcomes of a funded project they led to develop a MOOC to deliver literature search training for health librarians. Funded by Health Education England, the MOOC was developed by the Library and Information Health Network North West as a pilot project that ran for six weeks. In particular, the MOOC target audience is discussed, how content was developed for the MOOC, promotion and participation, cost-effectiveness, evaluation, the impact of the MOOC and recommendations for future development.H. S.
      PubDate: 2017-12-21T00:27:38.043461-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12197
  • Acknowledgements
    • Pages: 319 - 320
      PubDate: 2017-12-21T00:27:38.245357-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/hir.12201
  • 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
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