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A clinical librarian pilot project in psychiatry

  • Helene Gorring (a1), Erin Turner (a2), Ed Day (a2), Christopher A. Vassilas (a3) and Mark Aynsley (a4)...
Abstract
Aims and method

A 4-month pilot was conducted to assess whether the clinical librarian model, which has been successfully used within acute hospitals, would work in a mental health setting. A librarian attended weekly clinical team meetings in two community mental health teams to help generate clinical questions. A summary of the evidence on each topic was then presented the following week. An evaluation of the pilot was carried out using a questionnaire survey, focus groups and interviews.

Results

Results suggest that the project had produced a positive impact within the teams and begun the process of embedding evidence-based information within clinical practice.

Clinical implications

With some adaptations, the clinical librarian model can be an effective method of implementing evidence-based practice and addressing continuing professional development needs within mental health clinical teams.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Christopher A. Vassilas (c.a.vassilas@bham.ac.uk)
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See commentary, pp. 68–70, this issue.

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1 Sackett, DL, Rosenberg, WMC, Muir Gray, JA, Brian Haynes, RB, Scott Richardson, W. Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't. BMJ 1996; 312: 71–2.
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3 Booth, A, Sutton, A, Falzon, L. Evaluation of the Clinical Librarian Project: University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, 2002.
4 Care Services Improvement Partnership, National Institute for Mental Health in England. New Ways of Working for Everyone. Department of Health, 2007.
5 Urquhart, C, Durbin, J, Turner, J. North Wales Clinical Librarian Project: Final Project Report. Department of Information Studies, University of Wales Aberystwyth, 2005 (http://hdl.handle.net/2160/195).
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A clinical librarian pilot project in psychiatry

  • Helene Gorring (a1), Erin Turner (a2), Ed Day (a2), Christopher A. Vassilas (a3) and Mark Aynsley (a4)...
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