So everyone’s heard of Clinical Librarians. You might even have read about how good they are, or you might have attended one of the conferences. (if you’re going “huh?”, catch up, quick). There’s many different versions of them, but they’re A Good Thing.
The impact they have is amazing – read some really impressive examples in Knowledge For Healthcare (jump to page 27 : Section 7.A.6: Case study – point-of-need information for clinicians
And what adds particular value, to my eye, is the fact that the evidence is linked to the electronic patient record (EPR), so that the evidence can be accessed by the patient as much as the clinician.
The fact that sometimes the best evidence doesn’t suit the local circumstances, and that this is documented clearly can help to support better decision making, can reduce cost, and can certainly reduce risk. It can even go some way to changing practice on a national level.
The fact that the librarians delivering the service as part of the multi-disciplinary team can find more elusive evidence – the case reports that are sometimes all the evidence there is, particularly in relation to neonates – provides direct support to the clinicians and patients.
Very very impressive stuff – **read their paper**.
And what’s even better, having convinced at least this librarian of their impact, they’ll be presenting to the clinicians next at Evidence Live.
This service didn’t appear overnight, but now it’s an embedded and hugely well supported service that proves its worth. It was set up with the metrics/analytics required to convince the managers as well as having staff with the information and appraisal skills to provide evidence in appropriate formats to convince the clinicians.
One without the other would not have been enough. All power to them – it just might be the model of the future.