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“Bringing Scientific Evidence into Clinical Practice” Lecture

I received the link below in June 2011.  It took only four months until I “found my way” to view this 67 minute archived videocast.  I found it well worth the investment of time.

NLM’s Extramural Programs (EP) hosted a lecture by one of their Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee  (BLIRC) member, Dr. Eneida Mendonca on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.  The lecture was entitled, “Bringing scientific evidence into clinical practice: challenges, successes and failures.”  It is available from

According to the University of Wisconsin Madison Biostatistics and Medical Informatics website Dr. Mendonca focuses on the “investigation of the use of natural language processing in both biomedical literature and in electronic medical record narratives in order to identify knowledge relevant to medical decision making in the context of patient care.”

This presentation addresses Dr. Mendonca’s study of the use of speech recognition software at the point of care to avoid disruption of patient care but to allow for the communication of clinical questions to promote treatment based on informed decisions.

The goal of the study is analyze the efforts to translate high-level information needs into an effective search strategy using the most appropriate biomedical electronic resources.

What makes it particularly pertinent to medical librarians is the conversation about the cognitive study of librarians as they formulate queries.  The study analyzes and evaluates the search results found using PubMed and other electronic resources such as UptoDate, STAT!Ref, etc.

As in most initial studies there are more questions posed than answers given.