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Tuesday, May 17 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Poster Session 2: Poster Board Number 172

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Poster Board Number: 172
Title: Patient Care and the Hospital Library: A Regional Study
Objective: Our objectives were to obtain data from hospitals in the MidContinental region of National Network of Libraries of Medicine to determine the perceived value of health sciences libraries, the use of the library, its resources, and its services and to provide insights about barriers for the use of these library resources at their institution.
Methods: We surveyed hospital library users from hospitals in Missouri, Colorado, and Utah with a set of common questions. We used model-based methods, which included an effect for possible differences among hospitals, to evaluate differences among the respondent groups--physicians, nurses, and other staff. We investigated the data both from the perspective of the individual hospital library and all the hospital libraries.
Results: Over 800 health care professionals responded to the survey. The majority of them, across all institutions, responded that they used the library's resources for patient care. In some cases, responses from nurses differed significantly from that of physicians. Physicians reported that they used information from library resources for choice of therapy and tests, management of patients, and confirmation of patient management decisions. Nurses were less likely to respond that they used such information for the choice of tests, for example.
Conclusions: Respondents at all institutions checked that they used library resources and services for patient care; in many cases, patient care was the most frequent reason to use such resources. Our data indicate that the hospital is important to the patient care at these hospitals.
Authors: MaryEllen C. Sievert, Research Consultant and Professor Emerita; Deborah H. Ward, AHIP, Director; Dirk Burhans, Research Specialist; Barbara Jones, Outreach and Advocacy, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO; Margaret Bandy, AHIP, FMLA, Manager, Library and Media Services, Medical Library, Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, Denver, CO; Jerry Carlson, AHIP, Medical Librarian, Medical Library, Poudre Valley Hospital, Fort Collins, CO; Rosalind Dudden, AHIP, FMLA, Director, Library and Knowledge Services, Gerald Tucker Memorial Medical Library, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO; Wilma Bunch, Director, Hospital Library, Cox Memorial Hospital, Springfield, MO; Emily Eresuma, Librarian, Medical Library, Primary Children’s Medical Center; Erica Lake, Senior Medical Librarian, Health Information Center, LDS Hospital; Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT

Tuesday May 17, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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