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.


What papers have the Clinical Librarian recently reviewed?

  • Effect of fluoxetine on three-year recurrence in acute ischemic stroke: A randomized controlled clinical study.
    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of fluoxetine on three-year recurrence rate of acute ischemic stroke. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 404 enrolled patients with acute ischemic stroke were randomly divided into control and treatment groups, and underwent conventional secondary preventive therapy for ischemic stroke. In addition, the treatment group was administered fluoxetine (20 mg daily for 90 days). A three-year follow-up was performed, and indicators related to risk factors of stroke were assessed at day 90 of follow-up...
  • Avocado consumption and risk factors for heart disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
    Background: Nutrients in avocados are associated with cardiovascular benefits. Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of avocado intake on cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk with the use of a systematic review and meta-analysis. Design: MEDLINE, Cochrane Central, and Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau abstracts were searched from 1946 through September 2017 for publications on avocado intake and CVD risk. All designs except for cross-sectional studies that evaluated avocado intake were included...
  • Child mortality in England compared with Sweden: a birth cohort study.
    BACKGROUND: Child mortality is almost twice as high in England compared with Sweden. We aimed to establish the extent to which adverse birth characteristics and socioeconomic factors explain this difference. METHODS: We developed nationally representative cohorts of singleton livebirths between Jan 1, 2003, and Dec 31, 2012, using the Hospital Episode Statistics in England, and the Swedish Medical Birth Register in Sweden, with longitudinal follow-up from linked hospital admissions and mortality records...