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Title: Bringing evidence to practice: a team approach to teaching skills required for an informationist role in evidence-based clinical and public health practice
Authors: Oliver, Kathleen Burr
Dalrymple, Prudence W.
Lehmann, Harold P.
McClellan, Deborah P.
Robinson, Karen A.
Twose, Claire
Keywords: public health;information professional
Issue Date: 14-Jan-2010
Abstract: Objective: The objectives were (1) to develop an academic, graduate-level course designed for information professionals seeking to bring evidence to clinical medicine and public health practice and to address, in the course approach, the "real-world" time constraints of these domains and (2) to further specify and realize identified elements of the "informationist" concept. Setting: The course took place at the Division of Health Sciences Informatics, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University. Participants: A multidisciplinary faculty, selected for their expertise in the course core competencies, and three students, two post-graduate National Library of Medicine (NLM) informationist fellows and one NLM second-year associate, participated in the research. Intervention: A 1.5-credit, graduate-level course, "Informationist Seminar: Bringing the Evidence to Practice," was offered in October to December 2006. In this team-taught course, a series of lectures by course faculty and panel discussions involving outside experts were combined with in-class discussion, homework exercises, and a major project that involved choosing and answering, in both oral and written form, a real-world question based on a case scenario in clinical or public health practice. Conclusion: This course represents an approach that could be replicated in other academic health centers with similar pools of expertise. Ongoing journal clubs that reiterate the question-and-answer process with new questions derived from clinical and public health practice and incorporate peer review and faculty mentoring would reinforce the skills acquired in the seminar.
Description: Published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association 96(1) 2008: 50-57
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3176
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