The Value of Library and Information Services in Nursing and Patient care

A free access paper in The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing shows that the availability and use of information resources and services had a positive impact on nursing and patient outcomes.

Libraries are a primary resource for evidence based practice. The authors note that the use of library resources showed consistently positive relationships with changing advice given to patients, handling patient care differently. avoiding adverse events and saving time.

The study uses a critical incident survey administered to 6,788 nurses at 118 hospitals to explore the influence of nurses’ use of library resources on both nursing and patient outcomes.

Nigel Palmer                  Phi

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About nigepalphi

I am a trustee of Partnerships in Health Information. I was librarian of the Health Education Council in London from 1969 to 1972, then librarian of St Mary's Hospital Medical School from 1972 to 2002.
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2 Responses to The Value of Library and Information Services in Nursing and Patient care

  1. It would be great to have more research like this in low and middle income countries. Does anyone know of any?

  2. Symphrose Ouma says:

    Readers will recall the HIFA2015 challenge for 2009 which spelt out the need for nurses to have access to timely health information for effective healthcare. This challenge prompted KEN-AHILA to mount training for nurses for the purposes of giving them the necessary knowledge and skills to know where to find health information, how to retrieve ,evaluate and use it for appropriate intervention it . After training two groups of nurses with the support from INASP and the local Nurses Association, KEN-AHILA carried out an evaluation study with two key objectives: (1) to evaluate the impact of the training on the nurses competencies to access and effectively use health information for improved healthcare. (2) to collect practical lessons learnt that could guide future training and share experiences on the exercise. This study sampled 21 nurses from various hospitals that had libraries. Self administered questionnaires were sent, returned and analyzed.
    In brief, result indicated improved ICT skills and knowledge, Increased knowledge of health information sources; improved job performance was also recorded.

    The complete report of this study was shared at AHILA 12 Congress in Burkina Faso 2010. the authorship of the report are Symphrose Ouma and Nasra Gathoni.

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