Friday, February 21, 2014

Journal Club: Library and Information Services in Patient Care

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#medlibs Journal Club Chat 
Thursday, February 27, 2014 
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time  

Our inaugural Journal Club chat seemed popular so we're going to try it again. In preparation for Thursday's chat, try to read the following article:

Marshall JG, Sollenberger J, Easterby-Gannett S, Morgan LK, Klem ML, Cavanaugh SK, Oliver KB, Thompson CA, Romanosky N, Hunter S. The value of library and information services in patient care: results of a multisite study. J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 Jan: 101(1):38-46. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.101.1.007. PubMed PMID: 23418404; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3543128. Available at: Accessed February 21, 2014.

Why was this article chosen?
  1. Anyone can read it FREE on PubMed Central. Who doesn't love free?
  2. This article is pre-approved by the MLA for 1 MLA CE contact hour in the MLA Independent Reading Program (IRP).
  3. Medical and Health Sciences Libraries should strongly think about the value of their library and information services in patient care. Aside from resources, what other services should we think about?
More information about the MLA IRP can be found here: After our discussion, you can fill out he IRP Article Analysis Application: and submit payment for CE credit. Please note that 3 MLA CE Contact Hours a year can be obtained with IRP.

Here's the framework I'd like to try out for Journal Club. As you read the article, consider the following in 131 characters. (The #medlibs tag does take some space and we need it to see what's discussed.)
  • xx:05 or xx:10 - Facts: While we have to discuss Facts, it's rather boring to do so in the #medlibs discussion. However, let's consider the following - Were there any facts that stand out and interested you? What strengths/weaknesses did the authors identify that you picked up on? What implications did the authors find?
  • xx:25 - Interpretation: This will be the bulk of our discussion. Did you agree with the Methods used in the research project? Did the interviews help or hinder the survey results? What did you find as strengths and weaknesses of the article yourself? Is there anything missing that the survey could have asked?
  • xx:40 - Implications: After reading this article, can you apply these findings to your own work? Are there things that you can take away from this article and implement in your own setting? What would you like to do to enhance patient care in your setting?
Have a good 'read' and get ready to critique and discuss this article and how this may impact your work. I know from any and all previous Twitter chats we may diverge from the topic at hand and that's perfectly fine. I look forward to seeing you on Thursday's #medlibs chat!

Never participated in a Twitter #medlibs chat before? Check out this overview and join us, we're a supportive community. See you Thursday, February 27th 9pm EST/6pm PST.

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