Vital Pathways for Hospital Librarians: Present and Future Roles (Report)

Vital Pathways for Hospital Librarians: Present and Future Roles (Report)

INTRODUCTION Rapid changes in health care have presented the health care community with a number of challenges. In 2007, the American College of Healthcare Executives outlined the top ten issues confronting chief executive officers (CEOs) [1]. In 2008, the National Priorities Partnership, a collaborative effort of major national health care organizations, was convened by the National Quality Forum to address health care challenges and set priorities. The partnership–which includes the Joint Commission, Institute of Medicine, Hospital Quality Alliance, National Institutes of Health, American Nurses Association, and American Board of Medical Specialties, among others–outlined six priorities in its study for transforming the health care system and identified the drivers of transformation that will enable the health care system to achieve these bold goals [2]. Access to and retrieval of knowledge-based information is essential for at least three of the six drivers cited by the partnership, specifically, “performance measurement,” “knowledge and research dissemination,” and “professional development.”

Vital Pathways for Hospital Librarians: Present and Future Roles (Report)

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