The Differences in Perception of Librarians’ Roles in Supporting the Practice of Evidence-Based Medicine as They Are Represented in the Literature Targeted Toward Healthcare Professionals Versus the Literature Targeted Toward Librarians

by Willis, Amy R.

Abstract (Summary)
This paper explores what, if any, identifiable differences exist in the way health care professionals and library professionals perceive the potential contributions of librarians to the practice of evidence-based medicine. The question this paper seeks to answer is: Are the actions performed by health science librarians in supporting the practice of evidence-based medicine presented differently in the literature targeted toward healthcare professionals than in the literature targeted toward health science librarians? Forty-five journal articles were analyzed to determine what actions librarians were depicted as performing in order to support evidence-based medicine. Nine of the articles were from healthcare provider-oriented journals, and 36 of the articles were from librarian-oriented journals. The results of this study suggest that librarians’ roles in supporting the practice of evidence-based medicine are represented as having more variety and depth in the librarian-oriented literature when compared to the healthcare provider-oriented literature.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Claudia Gollop

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:medical librarians evidence based medicine duties of


Date of Publication:07/11/2004

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