Librarian Impact on Patient Care Management

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Librarians and library resources can have a positive impact on patient care management. According to a 2011 systematic review of clinical library services, 78% percent of studies revealed a significant and positive effect on patient care1. Librarians can also help clinicians manage one of their most limited personal resources…time. Patient care generates two questions for every three patients seen2, and librarian involvement in answering those questions has been shown to reduce time and lower costs3.

Today’s clinical librarian offers more than just literature searching and can be a valued member of your team. A librarian can join you for rounds, assist in preparation for case reports or journal clubs, and create tailored learning sessions for you and your team of clinicians and support staff. To learn more about the ways a librarian can help you, contact

Megan Nunemaker
Clinical Librarian

1. Brettle A, Maden-Jenkins M, Anderson L, et al. Evaluating clinical librarian services: A systematic review. Health Info Libr J. 2011;28(1):3-22. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2010.00925.x; 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2010.00925.x.
2. Covell DG, Uman GC, Manning PR. Information needs in office practice: Are they being met? Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(4):596-599.
3. McGowan J, Hogg W, Campbell C, Rowan M. Just-in-time information improved decision-making in primary care: A randomized controlled trial. PLoS One. 2008;3(11):e3785. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0003785; 10.1371/journal.pone.0003785.

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