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Preparing for practice: a higher education perspective. Commentary on … A clinical librarian pilot project in psychiatry

  • Pat Spoor (a1) and Liz Neilly (a1)
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Research suggests that contact time between clinical team and clinical librarian can have a direct and positive impact on patient care through encouraging a more rigorous approach to information retrieval and appraisal of the evidence base. This commentary focuses on the findings of a specific clinical librarian pilot project in a mental health trust. It discusses how clinicians could be better supported to develop improved information literacy skills through initiatives in higher education and what impact this might have on the model of clinical librarianship proposed by the project.

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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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Liz Neilly (e.m.neilly@leeds.ac.uk)
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See education & training, pp. 65–68, this issue.

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Preparing for practice: a higher education perspective. Commentary on … A clinical librarian pilot project in psychiatry

  • Pat Spoor (a1) and Liz Neilly (a1)
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