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JAMA Internal Medicine editorial supports librarians

An editorial in the August 26, 2013 JAMA Internal Medicine by Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD contains the following quote which speaks to the importance of librarians in the health care setting.

“Medical librarians are far more adept at navigating the entire canon of medical knowledge than are physicians, but their skills have not been leveraged for POCL. While a librarian on staff in every office or on every medical team may be fanciful, a remote librarian service is not. In one study, a just-in-time information consultation service was shown to deliver useful answers in less than 15 minutes to clinicians’ real-world questions submitted via smartphone.8 Health care systems should consider investing in informaticians who search the medical literature, patient records, and the system’s own “big data” to provide answers to clinicians’ real-time inquiries.”

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