We hear a lot about the benefits of evidence-based medicine – so perhaps we need to bring evidence based practice nearer to our own work as librarians. The article cited below explains how it may be done in five steps:
- Formulate an answerable question using either of the following techniques: Population Intervention Comparison Outcome (PICO) and Setting Perspective Intervention Comparison Evaluation (SPICE)
- Find the evidence: If you are eligible to use HINARI and the other Research4Life databases, you are probably better off than most librarians.
- Appraise the evidence – critical appraisal checklists can help
- Apply the evidence to your situation.
- Evaluate how the process went; what might you do differently.
- For some of you internet speeds and maybe costs will be a barrier
- Lack of time – EBLIP can save time in the long run as it can increase the chance of successful decsion making (emphasize successful) and ought not to be seen as a separate activity from the day to day work.
- Lack of management support – show the value of EBLIP by incorporating it into a project or task.
Based on and with thanks to:
Virginia Wilson (2012) Evidence-based library and information practice: small steps can make a big difference. Link: connecting Commonwealth librarians. Issue 15, May. p.2-3.
Jean Shaw, Phi