#medlibs Journal Club Chat
Thursday, September 25, 2014
9:00 pm Eastern / 6:00 pm Pacific
Led by Tony Nguyen & Ryan Madanick, MD
We're having a special Journal Club discussion this Thursday! #medlibs and #meded are having a joint discussion on the following article:
Rethlefsen ML, Murad MH, Livingston EH. Engaging medical librarians to improve the quality of review articles. JAMA. 2014 Sep 10; 312(10):999-1000. doi: 10.1001/jama.2014.9263. PMID: 25203078. Accessed September 22, 2014. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=25203078.
TOPIC 1: How can librarians & academic physicians best collaborate in performing and drafting systematic reviews?
TOPIC 2: How can journals require syst reviews to have such strict standards w despite lmted resources ($, demand for #medlibs, etc)? Medical librarians are already experts at literature searching, while physicians rarely are.
TOPIC 3: To what degree should medical & other healthcare students/trainees learn such skills vs collaborate w librarians?
TOPIC 4: How can interprofessional education at various levels of training include librarians to foster better engagement?
Co-author Melissa Rethlefsen's thoughts:
- The article was written to be a JAMA standard for authors writing systematic and other types of review article. Should the standards be so high for non-systematic reviews?
- What are the best ways for librarians to collaborate with physicians and other review authors?
- Do medical libraries have the capacity to handle the potential demand for our services?
- Do all medical librarians need to brush off their expert searching skills, or can we continue to be specialized?
- Searching services might be costly at some institutions or not available. How will the inequity in services affect review authors?
- The article strongly encourages librarians to be co-authors. What is the most effective way to become an author versus acknowledged?
- Many review article authors use librarian to do searches, but don't credit them, even with an acknowledgment. How can we change that culture?
- Librarians have already begun peer-reviewing systematic review journal submissions. It may become more common. How should that impact the training researchers receive?
- JAMA included medical librarians as part of the clinical research team; can inter-professional education including librarians help foster better engagement?
- The article was not focused on systematic reviews, but many of the techniques included are based on systematic review methodology. Are expert reviews dead?
- Training health care professional students to become expert searches on the level needed for a systematic review is not desirable. When, if ever, should we teach those skills?
- How can we encourage other journals to adopt similarly rigorous standards that require medical librarian engagement?