Know the Facts Before You Choose a DI Policy (NEWS: WV Medical Insurance Agency) (Report)

Know the Facts Before You Choose a DI Policy (NEWS: WV Medical Insurance Agency) (Report)

A sports injury, a car accident, a problem pregnancy … no one knows when–or how–disability will strike. That unpredictability is why the best disability income (DI) insurance policy is the one that generates the most benefits in the greatest number of disability scenarios. But how do you know which DI policy is the best for […]

Synthesis of Informatics Literature to Support Institutional Policy Statement Development (Report)

Synthesis of Informatics Literature to Support Institutional Policy Statement Development (Report)

INTRODUCTION The Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) case study column provides health sciences librarians with information searching, retrieval, and filtering scenarios in various settings. In previous issues, cases in this series have explored specific patient-care complex questions from clinical teams [1] and best practices for departmental diagnostic decision making [2]. This issue’s case […]

Affirming Our Commitment to Research: The Medical Library Association's Research Policy Statement: The Process and Findings (Report)

Affirming Our Commitment to Research: The Medical Library Association’s Research Policy Statement: The Process and Findings (Report)

INTRODUCTION Early in 2005, Joanne Gard Marshall, FMLA, then president of the Medical Library Association (MLA), created a task force to review and revise Using Scientific Evidence to Improve Information Practice [1], the association’s research policy statement published in 1995. The task force also was charged to restructure, enhance, and develop MLA programs to advance […]

Medical Marijuana, Compassionate Use, And Public Policy: Expert Opinion Or Vox Populi?

Medical Marijuana, Compassionate Use, And Public Policy: Expert Opinion Or Vox Populi?

A recent article in the Hastings Center Report reviewed the Supreme Court’s current (but undoubtedly not final) delineation of the boundaries of federal power as set forth by the Constitution’s commerce clause. (1) The question before the Court was straightforward: Did federal authority asserted under the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 (CSA) trump California’s legalization […]

Medical Psychology Practice and Policy Perspectives

Medical Psychology Practice and Policy Perspectives

In 2009, over fifty-two million prescriptions for antipsychotic medications were written, totaling over $14.6 billion in sales. Such is just one small indication of how our current medical system treats its patients with medication as a first-line approach. This is not the answer.  There is a growing need for integrated health care systems which include […]

Evidence-Based Policy and Practice on Community Benefit: Information Support for Developing a Bibliography (Brief COMMUNICATIONS)

Evidence-Based Policy and Practice on Community Benefit: Information Support for Developing a Bibliography (Brief COMMUNICATIONS)

INTRODUCTION “Community benefit” (CB) is described in a revenue ruling from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that justifies the tax-exempt status of nonprofit hospitals and requires these hospitals to provide community services. According to the instructions for IRS form 990, schedule H, CB spans a wide array of potential activities, varying from clinical services, to […]

Non-Biomedical Sources for Systematic Reviews of Pharmaceutical Policy (Report)

Non-Biomedical Sources for Systematic Reviews of Pharmaceutical Policy (Report)

INTRODUCTION It has been well documented that reaching beyond MEDLINE into a diversity of databases enhances search results [1-3], but a chronic question in comprehensive and systematic searching is how far, and where, to search [4]. When published in business or economics sources, articles focusing on cost outcomes of health and health policy interventions may […]