What is a Clinical Librarian

The Clinical Librarian is a nominated individual who takes responsibility for aspects of the Medical Library which has an impact on clinical work and patient care. He or she contributes by using high quality, evidence-based resources.

The clinical librarian is a staff member who has undertaken advanced study and is able to teach the critical appraisal of the literature, provide evidence synthesis and guidelines and also ensure good high-quality evidence-based resources are used in every aspect of patient care.

More advanced literature searching is usually undertaken by the Clinical Librarian, and they can also provide regular updates on trending evidence in specific clinical areas

If you would like the clinical librarian to attend a case-conference, clinical meeting or guideline group please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Critical Appraisal training is under the remit of the Clinical Librarian and can be booked at the Training Page


Useful Evidence-Based Practice Links

CASP (Critical Appraisal Skills Programme) Checklists. This set of eight critical appraisal tools are designed to be used when reading research, they are free to download and can be used by anyone under the Creative Commons License.

Testing Treatments.  How do we know whether claims about the effects of treatments are trustworthy? How reliable is the evidence? And how do we ensure that research into medical treatments best meets the needs of patients?

The library updates small collections of trending evidence on Read by QXMD. You can follow the library collections at the user Comet_Library.1

The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. The best known of these is The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews which is the leading resource for systematic reviews in health care.

Teaching EBHC provides a platform for the global sharing of learning resources for teaching and learning Evidence-Based Health Care (EBHC). It contains many useful study materials for teaching and learning about EBHC.

Nunan D, Sullivan JO, Heneghan C, et al. Ten essential papers for the practice of evidence-based medicineEvidence-Based Medicine 2017;22:202–204.


What papers have the Clinical Librarian recently reviewed?

  • Medications that reduce emergency hospital admissions: an overview of systematic reviews and prioritisation of treatments.
    BACKGROUND: Rates of emergency hospitalisations are increasing in many countries, leading to disruption in the quality of care and increases in cost. Therefore, identifying strategies to reduce emergency admission rates is a key priority. There have been large-scale evidence reviews to address this issue; however, there have been no reviews of medication therapies, which have the potential to reduce the use of emergency health-care services. The objectives of this study were to review systematically the evidence to identify medications that affect emergency hospital admissions and prioritise therapies for quality measurement and improvement...
  • Less screen time and more frequent vigorous physical activity is associated with lower risk of reporting negative mental health symptoms among Icelandic adolescents.
    OBJECTIVE: Few studies have explored the potential interrelated associations of screen time and physical activity with mental health in youth, particularly using objective methods. We examined cross-sectional associations of these variables among Icelandic adolescents, using objective and subjective measurements of physical activity. METHODS: Data were collected in the spring of 2015 from 315 tenth grade students (mean age 15.8 years) in six elementary schools in metropolitan Reykjavík, Iceland...
  • Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990-2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016.
    BACKGROUND: Alcohol use is a leading risk factor for death and disability, but its overall association with health remains complex given the possible protective effects of moderate alcohol consumption on some conditions. With our comprehensive approach to health accounting within the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2016, we generated improved estimates of alcohol use and alcohol-attributable deaths and disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) for 195 locations from 1990 to 2016, for both sexes and for 5-year age groups between the ages of 15 years and 95 years and older...