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

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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?

  • 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...
  • One-year survival after in-hospital cardiac arrest: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
    INTRODUCTION: In-hospital cardiac arrest is a major adverse event with an incidence of 1-6/1000 admissions. It has been poorly researched and data on survival is limited. The outcome of interest in IHCA research is predominantly survival to discharge, however recent guidelines warrant for more long-term outcomes. In this systematic review we sought to quantitatively summarize one-year survival after in-hospital cardiac arrest. METHODS: For this systematic review and meta-analysis we performed a systematic search of all published data on one-year survival after IHCA up to March 9th, 2018...
  • Coffee consumption and health: umbrella review of meta-analyses of multiple health outcomes.
    Objectives  To evaluate the existing evidence for associations between coffee consumption and multiple health outcomes. Design  Umbrella review of the evidence across meta-analyses of observational and interventional studies of coffee consumption and any health outcome. Data sources  PubMed, Embase, CINAHL, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and screening of references. Eligibility criteria for selecting studies  Meta-analyses of both observational and interventional studies that examined the associations between coffee consumption and any health outcome in any adult population in all countries and all settings...