Professional Development: Evid-Based Practice Institute, Beardsley
This award allows the awardee librarian at Bastyr University to attend Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians. Awardee statement: Bastyr University is on the frontline of integrative, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research, as demonstrated through our history of NIH grant awards, commitment to clinical research and our researchers, and our goal-oriented approach to expanding the evidence-base for natural medicine (http://www.bastyr.edu/research). Due to long-standing funding issues and other challenges, research in the CAM fields lags behind that of conventional medicine. The current emphasis on patient-oriented outcomes, in tandem with new approaches to studying CAM, are refocusing attention on the need for high quality pragmatic trials and, especially, systematic reviews. Librarians working collaboratively with researchers and clinicians on systematic reviews will nourish the next wave of research relating to natural medicine, especially and specifically at Bastyr University. In the past three years Library Director Jane Saxton has co-authored a Cochrane Review, the gold standard for systematic reviews, with a team of Bastyr and Canadian researchers that included Dr. Gordon Guyatt, originator of the term ?evidence-based medicine.? A summary of the study can be found here: http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD006095/the-use-of-probiotics-to-prevent-... Another systematic review, efficacy of whole system naturopathic medicine, on which J. Saxton is co-author, is undergoing the peer-review process at PLoS One.