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PNR Rendezvous for September 17 – Root Cause Analysis

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Root Cause Analysis (RCA): an opportunity for hospital librarians to provide value added service, presented by Kathy Fatkin of the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center Health Sciences Library.

September 17, 2014 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain)

Root cause analysis is a method for evaluating the big picture as well as the details of a serious error or a near miss to provide hospitals with an understanding of how and why an error occurred and how it might be avoided in the future.  The main objective of the RCA is to take action to address the underlying causes of the error.  One component of the RCA is a literature review.  The medical librarian can provide a literature search and gather the appropriate articles to provide information necessary to identify causes of errors and the corrective actions that reduce the likelihood of the error happening again.  By using a standardized format to evaluate the literature collected the librarian can provide the RCA team with a summary of the literature that includes a statement to answer the clinical questions that the incident generated which saves the team time and allows them to focus attention on the local factors that contributed to the error. Involving the librarian early in the process before the team meets ensures the information they need is available when they determine an action plan to address the problems they identify. (more…)

PNR Rendezvous for August 20 – RELM Project

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

RELM: Research and Evidence Literacy in Medicine presented by Ann Gleason and Sherry Dodson of the University of Washington Health Sciences Library.

August 20, 2014 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain)

Next Wednesday, August 20, Ann Gleason and Sherry Dodson will be speaking about the RELM: Research and Evidence Literacy in Medicine gaming project. Gaming as a means of delivering online education is gaining in popularity. Online games provide an engaging and enjoyable way of learning. Gaming is especially appropriate for case-based teaching, and provides a safe environment for experiential learning. With funding from the National Libraries of Medicine, the University of Washington (UW) Health Sciences Library and the UW School of Medicine partnered to create on interactive, self-paced online game encouraging players to employ the four steps in practicing evidence-based medicine (EBM). The intended audience for the game is practicing physicians, residents and medical students interested in furthering their skills in using EBM. Sherry and Ann will discuss the history of the project, results of our beta testing and lessons learned about creating games. We will also present a short demo of the game which is in the final stages of being developed.

To attend go to http://webmeeting.nih.gov/rendezvous and login as a Guest, using your own name.  Once logged into the web meeting, a pop-up box allows you to put in your phone number and the program will call you. If this does not happen, just call the 800 number and use the participant code that appears in the Notes box on the screen.

If you are unable to tune in live, we invite you to view a recording of the webcast, posted to the Rendezvous website later.

As part of our Federal agency services regarding electronic and information technology resources being accessible to people with disabilities, closed captioning is available on this and future PNR Rendezvous webcasts.

Resources on Depression from the NIH

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The recent death of Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams from an apparent suicide has brought attention to the plight of many who suffer from depression, an estimated 1 in 10 adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Depression can be debilitating to those who suffer as well as their friends and family. It can also adversely affect outcomes of chronic and other health conditions, and it can lead to unhealthy behaviors. Although many people with depression do not seek treatment or are not helped by the treatment they receive, the majority can improve with treatment.

The National Library of Medicine’s consumer health resource, MedlinePlus, offers a variety of resources about depression, including educational videos and tutorials, materials in other languages (and the entire site in Spanish), links to symptoms and treatment options, patient handouts, and ways to connect with organizations and support groups. NIHSeniorHealth.gov also provides consumer-based information specific to seniors, as depression is a common problem among older adults. SeniorHealth.gov has the option to increase text size and change the contrast, to make it easier to read. The NIH National Institute on Aging has added depression resources, including causes and prevention, and toll-free numbers to call for help.

The NIH National Institute of Mental Health is the primary organization for research about depression. Check their website for information on clinical trials, health topics, funding opportunities and current research priorities. The also publish booklets, fact sheets and brochure; and host monthly Twitter chats.

 

Free Online Course Offering: Clinical Trials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Interested in getting Consumer Health Information Specialization or Medical Library Association CE contact hours in the comfort of your own home, workplace, or favorite coffeehouse?  NN/LM MCR has got you covered with a 4 credit hour CE online class on ClinicalTrials.gov.  Read on for the details: (more…)

Visualization Literacy

Monday, July 21st, 2014

This is a guest post written by Nikki Dettmar, Evaluation Librarian, Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

With an increase of technology tools available for data reporting and visualization (be sure to check out some of our Outreach Evaluation Resource Center Reporting and Visualizing tools at http://guides.nnlm.gov/oerc/tools) sometimes it’s challenging to know how to best use them to clearly communicate the intended meaning of the data. The concept of visualization literacy and a broader theme of visual literacy are often not included as part of the instructions guiding people in the steps to create their own visualization design.

A recent entry by Andrew Kirk on the blog of Seeing Data, a research project in the United Kingdom studying how people understand big data visualizations shown in the media, offers a great review of 8 Articles Discussing Visual and Visualization Literacy that are freely available and well worth a read to better understand both visual and visualization literacy. Their featured articles include resources ranging from the importance of Visual Literacy in an Age of Data to How to Be an Educated Consumer of Infographics, and Seeing Data has asked that you share additional ones with them via blog comments or their Twitter social media account @SeeingData.

Free Online TOXNET Class Offered This Fall

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) is offering an online, asynchronous class called “Discovering TOXNET” October 20 – November 14, 2014.  Discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.  The class is taught online in thirteen independent modules. (more…)