Your clinical librarian can assist the team with either answering questions on the spot (searching on an iPad in real time), or accumulating questions to search, synthesize, and distribute later in the same day by email.
Clinical Librarians can also briefly demonstrate point of care tools and search strategies on rounds, and are happy to meet individually or in small groups at other times to improve these skills.
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Reasons to invite your Clinical Librarian to rounds or utilize services virtually:
1. Librarians support evidence-based patient centered care by being part of your multidisciplinary team at the point of decision making.
2. Librarians save time by connecting you and your team with the information you need. Speed up your day by having your clinical librarian look up research for you - they specialize in searching!
3. They can also keep you informed about the latest information resources and help you set up mobile apps to make your experience easier.
4. Studies show that clinicians have at least 1 question for every 2 patients, and only 40% of those questions are actually pursued. With a librarian, the obstacles of locating information disappear (Del Fiol G ,et al., Clinical questions raised by clinicians at the point of care: a systematic review. JAMA 2015).
Clinical librarianship is "point-of-care" librarianship. Clinical librarians attend noon conference, serve on hospital committees, and perform searches at the bedside (or in the hallway between patients). The librarians at WRNMMC are semi-embedded in Internal Medicine/MICU, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry.
Your Clinical Librarian is available on IM Inpatient Wards and the MICU. She is familiar with the vocabulary and most frequent clinical questions.
Your Clinical Librarian can take questions by means of email, telephone, texting, virtual conferencing, or in-person when working at the hospital.
Your clinical librarian will strive to send you information as close to real time as possible, especially with responses same-day.
Darnall Medical Library | Walter Reed NMMC | Building 1, Room 3458 | 8955 Wood Road | Bethesda, MD 20889 | 301-295-1184/85 | Open Monday-Friday, 0700-1630
After-hours access to the library is available to WRNMMC Staff via the CDO at 301-295-4611.