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Share Your Success: Impacting Patient Care Through Evidence-Based Practice

Friday, September 19th, 2014

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By Emily Brennan, MLIS, Research Informationist, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Library, Charleston, SC, mmbrennane@musc.edu

In my role as Research Informationist at MUSC Library, I teach and employ evidence-based practice (EBP) thus impacting patient care on both an individual and systematic level. As Co-Director of the Pediatrics Residency EBP Curriculum, I round with interprofessional teams on the inpatient wards, providing answers to clinical questions that arise at the point-of-care. I am also involved in the weekly EBP noon conference in which residents present on an EBP topic. Clinical rounding, informal training, and structured instruction are also a part of the Year 3 College of Medicine Pediatrics Clerkship, in which I am a preceptor. Throughout their pediatrics rotation, medical students work in teams to complete a project that involves developing a clinical question based on a patient, then finding and appraising an article that answers that question. My involvement in the pediatrics residency program and clerkship ensure that evidence-based research is integrated into clinical expertise, leading to better patient care.

As a member of MUSC’s Center for Evidence-Based Practice, I am also involved with EBP on a more systematic level. The Center is housed jointly in the Library and the Quality Management department of the MUSC Hospital, and includes a Director, Elizabeth Crabtree MPH, PhD(c), librarian (myself), and Clinical EBP Analyst. The Center develops evidence-based hospital guidelines, clinical decision support tools, and provides EBP education for MUSC clinicians, staff and students. The Center for EBP uses interprofessional content expert teams to develop evidence-based order sets for the electronic health record (EHR).
In my role as lead librarian in the Center for EBP, I am responsible for performing literature searches on clinical questions of interest for a given disease process or topic. My expertise in conducting comprehensive literature searches ensures that the best research evidence is integrated into practice. Once I complete the search, I share the search strategy and relevant references with the Director of EBP through a shared reference management account. The Director then critically appraises, evaluates and summarizes the evidence. The content expert teams then review the evidence and develop recommendations that drive the development of order sets. This framework helps ensure the delivery of comprehensive, coordinated, evidence-based care across the clinical spectrum.

The Center teaches clinicians, staff and students about the theory, practice and dissemination of EBP through educational courses. Three courses focus on the process of EBP: 1) Nurse Scholars Course, 2) Interprofessional Pediatrics Course, and 3) College of Medicine Year 2 Students EBM Curriculum. The primary outcome assessment for these courses is the completion of an evidence summary that requires participants to formulate clinical questions, search the literature, appraise the evidence, identify quality measures, and develop practice recommendations that drive care for a particular clinical topic. The final evidence summary leads to either an updated hospital policy or clinical decision support tool, such as an EHR order set. I teach how to formulate a clinical question, differentiate study designs, search the literature, and manage references. The Director of EBP describes how to identify stakeholders, interpret statistics, appraise the evidence, select quality measures, and translate the evidence.

Participants who have completed either the Nurse Scholars or Interprofessional Pediatrics Course may participate in an Evidence-Based Practice Leadership Program. This program, starting in fall 2014, will equip clinicians to lead change, and implement and disseminate evidence. My responsibility in this course will be to prepare participants to disseminate the evidence, including writing an abstract, selecting a journal for publication or conference for presentation, and creating a professional poster.
In my roles as Research Informationist and a member of the Center for EBP, I am uniquely positioned to equip clinicians, staff and students with the skills necessary to make evidence-based decisions during every day clinical practice, as well as impact and standardize patient care on a systematic level.

Share Your Success and Enter for a Chance to Win One of Two $1500 Travel Awards to MLA 2015

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

October is National Medical Librarian Month, and NN/LM SE/A wants to celebrate your success. Last year’s “Share Your Success” event featured awe-inspiring stories about library advocacy and new roles for librarians. Joan Colburn, Director of Library and Knowledge Services at Mountain AHEC in Ashville, NC  won the drawing for the $1000 travel award for the 2014 MLA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

We are repeating the program this year and we are expanding the program to three kinds of stories to share on SEA Currents:

  1. Have you, as a librarian, made a difference in your work or your profession? Have you helped save a life? Have you found a solution to a problem others had searched for with no luck? Have you performed outreach and changed lives? Reached a new user population that your library had never reached before? Have you helped the family of a patient through the fear of uncertainty?
  2. Have you proven your worth to an administrator or told someone how important libraries are, changing his or her behavior?
  3. Have you explored new or non-traditional roles, expanding the realm of what a librarian does?

To enter the contest, tell us about your experience or share someone else’s story. Stories are how we demonstrate our value.

Articles will be published on the NN/LM SE/A SEA Currents blog throughout the months of October and November.

Authors and subjects of articles will be entered into a competition for two $1500 travel scholarships to MLA 2015 in Austin, TX. The scholarships can be used to cover travel: flight, hotel, and per diems.

We will accept entries until October 31, 2014. The winner will be announced on November 1, 2014.

Please submit articles to J. Dale Prince at dprince@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Good luck!

September NIH News in Health Now Available

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

NIH News in Health: A monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
Check out the September issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research:

Drinking to Excess
Recognize and Treat Alcohol Problems

Most people drink alcohol moderately, but others find they can’t control their drinking. How do you know when drinking is becoming a problem? And what can you do if it is?
Read more about alcohol use disorders

 

 

 

 


Focusing on ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Some kids have trouble paying attention, staying focused, and finishing tasks to a point that interferes with their schoolwork, home life, and friendships. These might be signs of a developmental disorder called
Read more about ADHD.

 

 

 


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Beyond the SEA Webinar: September 17, 2014 – Data Burger: A “Good” Questionnaire Response Rate plus Basic Quantitative Data Analysis

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Presentation: Data Burger: A “Good” Questionnaire Response Rate plus Basic Quantitative Data Analysis

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Noon to 1:00pm (EDT)

Presenter: Nikki Dettmar, Evaluation Librarian, NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

Summary: Many of us use questionnaires to learn about our stakeholders’ attitudes and knowledge. Let’s picture this as a burger: The data we collect is like the meat in the filling, and we wrap the data in a tasty bun (summaries, graphs, and charts) to present it.

Meat: We want to use the best ingredients for our filling and collect good data. The question “What is a ‘good’ response rate?” often comes up. What does “response rate” mean, and why is it important? And how do you know what your response rate is? We’ll go over practical steps you can take to increase the number of people who complete and return the questionnaires you send to them. We’ll also talk about some strategies for addressing low response rates.

Bun: Once you administered a questionnaire, what do you do with all those numbers? The next section of this webinar will be about preparing and presenting those numbers. It will provide a very quick review of basic quantitative data analysis, including descriptive statistics and suggestions for selecting types of charts or graphs to illustrate your data.

For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Andrew Youngkin at ayoungki@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

  • Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/
  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some other reason cannot let Adobe connect call you phone, call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.)

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview

SEAside Webinar: September 22, 2014 – Every Voice Makes a Difference: Advocating for Health Science Libraries

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Date and Time: Monday, September 22, 2014, 2:00 to 3:30 pm EDT

Title: Every Voice Makes a Difference: Advocating for Health Science Libraries

Presenter: Dr. Camilia Alire

Summary: The webinar will discuss the rationale for health science library advocacy, provide basic tips on how to do it successfully, and where to access information on doing effective library advocacy.

Biographical Sketch: Dr. Camila Alire is Dean Emeritus at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University. She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado and an MLS from the University of Denver.

Camila is past president of ALA, ACRL (Association for College and Research Libraries) and national REFORMA. Library advocacy was her focus during all three presidencies. She has presented workshops on all aspects of library advocacy nationally and internationally.

Camila has co-authored books on library management, academic librarianship, emotionally intelligent leadership, and library service to Latinos. She was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Council on the Humanities. She was honored in 2011 with the ALA/Lippincott Award for Distinguished Service; the CALA Presidential Recognition Award, and the ALA Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award. She was awarded the ALA Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change award and the national REFORMA’s Librarian of the Year award. Hispanic Business Magazine named Camila one year as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the U.S.

MLA CE: Upon completion of the SEAside Webinar, each participant will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

What do you need to join these conferences?
• A computer (with Flash installed)
• A telephone

How do I connect?

Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea
• Enter as a Guest
• Sign in with your first and last name.

Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone or call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

Funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland