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Paper: Research Abstract

Trends in Librarian Evidence-Based Practice Instruction

Tuesday, May 7
5:20 PM - 5:35 PM
Room: Columbus EF (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Using survey research, the authors hope to build an understanding of standard practices for embedded instruction in evidence-based medicine courses.

Objectives: The primary objective if this research study is to understand the level of librarian involvement in teaching Evidence-Based Practice (EBP). The secondary objective is to identify prevailing andragogical practices.

Method: The IRB-approved mixed-methods Qualtrics® survey was sent to health sciences librarians. It included questions on demographics, levels of librarian involvement, types of instruction, discipline-specific faculty collaboration, and curriculum design. We examined the survey data for descriptive measures.

Competencies met:
C1) Information Services - What services are provided to health science school students by embedded librarians and what services could be provided?
C5) How is EBM taught by librarians in embedded health science programs?
Results: The survey was sent to MLA MEDLIB-L twice. This data was analyzed using the Qualtrics® proprietary analysis resources. Of the 107 completed surveys 82 respondents self-reported being involved in EBP curriculum.

Conclusions:
We examined the data for major trends, and discussed implications for future research. Selected trends we identified were lack of engagement with journal clubs, lack of involvement in critical analysis, and institutional barriers to librarian engagement in EBP curriculum. These factors will be examined more closely as we build our professional development goals addressing evidence based practice.

Stephanie Tomlinson

Research and Education Librarian
Shimberg Health Sciences Library/ University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

Stephanie M. Tomlinson, MLIS, is an Instructor Librarian at the Shimberg Health Sciences Library and the Liaison to the MorsaniCollege of Medicine for Undergraduate Medical Education.Her background includes significant experience working in news and corporate research with a focus on demographic information.

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Ardis Hanson

Assistant Director, Research and Education
Shimberg Health Sciences Library / University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

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William D. Kearns

Associate Professor (Meritorious, Retired)
Child and Family Studies, University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

Dr. William Kearns is an experimental psychologist, mental health services researcher and inventor who creates solutions for persons faced with the difficult problem of caring for elderly persons with mild to moderate dementia. His research interests lie in an area known as Gerontechnology, specifically the development and use of telesurveillance and cognitive prosthetics to support the physical, social, and community health and well-being needs of adults to facilitate aging-in-place. His current research focuses on the use of advanced technologies for the remediation of cognitive impairment related to dementia and traumatic brain injuries.

A measure of movement path variability (tortuosity) called fractal dimension derived from ultra-wideband realtime location sensor data recorded on assisted living facility residents has been linked to cognitive decline, and may provide a way to link fall risk to cognitive decline. Using a commercially available ultra-wideband radio real-time location sensor network and fractal dimension analysis, Dr. Kearns showed path tortuosity predicted falls in the coming week in assisted living facility residents. Fallers had more variable stride-to-stride velocity and required more assistance with activities of daily living (ADL). This research contributed to his Human and Physical Asset Movement Pattern Analyzer (U.S. Patent no. 7978085-1) and was funded by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

At the 2014 International Society for Gerontechnology world conference (ISG2014) in Taipei, Taiwan, Dr. Kearns and his colleagues Drs. James Fozard and Jan Jasiewicz won Best Paper award. Dr. Kearns was recently elected President of the International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG). The ISG holds Standing Committee status in the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) and is represented within the 3289 non-governmental organizations with consultative status in the United Nations ECOSOC (ECOnomic and SOcial Council).

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John Orriola

Asst. Librarian
University of South Florida
Tampa

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Randall L. Polo

Research & Education Librarian
Shimberg Health Sciences Library / University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

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Allison M. Howard, AHIP

Research and Education Librarian
Shimberg Health Sciences Library / University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

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Krystal Bullers, AHIP

Emerging Technologies Librarian, Liaison to the College of Pharmacy / Assistant Librarian
Shimberg Health Sciences Library / University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

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