Hospital Librarians’ Perceptions Related to Evidence-Based Health Care (Brief Communications) (Report)
INTRODUCTION According to the 2006 needs assessment conducted by the Hospital Libraries Section (HLS) of the Medical Library Association (MLA), 30.4% of the members responding to the assessment considered evidence-based medicine (EBM) the most important issue they would face in their workplace over the next three years . The responsibilities and support systems of hospital librarians desiring to foster clinicians’ practice of evidence-based health care (EBHC) might vary significantly from those of academic librarians. Scherrer et al. reported, “The academic librarian who supports active evidence-based practice curricula in health professions colleges will need teaching approaches that are appropriate for instruction of students in a classroom, while the hospital librarian may be looking for point-of-need instructional techniques that would be effective with residents and clinicians” .