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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