Professionalism & Leadership

Paper: Research Abstract

The Evolving Role of Clinical Librarianship in a Value-Based Health Care Environment: A Qualitative Assessment

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Objectives : Changes in healthcare reimbursement have created monetary incentives, enacted through the Affordable Care Act and CMS to encourage institutions to improve quality and possibly reduce costs. We investigated health care professionals’ quality improvement activities, and perceptions of their information needs to meet institutional initiatives with the aim of developing a new library service model.
Methods : A qualitative study using semi-structured interviews was conducted on a voluntary sample of seven health professionals who were knowledgeable of library services and the health system environment as a whole. Open-ended interview questions in regard to information needs were used to explore ideas fully. The interviews were recorded and transcribed. De-identified transcripts were analyzed using the thematic analysis method. Three investigators read each transcript separately to preliminarily code and identify possible codes. Codes were reviewed and consolidated if overlap existed. Coding differences were discussed until consensus was reached, and a standardized code list was developed. The researcher grouped the codes into themes and sub-themes to produce a qualitative report.
Results : All respondents were involved with quality and safety initiatives at varying levels within the University of Virginia Health System. Librarians can help meet the demand for quality-related information by searching the published and grey literature, by making connections to institutional resources and services, by providing data support and professional development learning opportunities, and finally, by sharing knowledge of new technologies.
Conclusions : Changes in the healthcare environment have greatly increased the demand for all institutions to engage in quality improvement efforts. The health sciences librarian can play a valuable role in meeting the unique information needs created by these initiatives within their organization.

Elaine Attridge

Quality & Performance Improvement Librarian
The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Charlottesville, Virginia

Elaine Attridge, MLS, is the Quality & Performance Improvement Librarian at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. This is a new role that Elaine helped develop after performing a qualitative study of needs surrounding quality improvement initiatives at the University of Virginia Health System. She has been a medical librarian since graduating from the Universtiy of Pittsburgh in 1994, and has held many roles in librarianship including outreach, nursing education, marketing, and clinical. In her spare time, she is the vice chair of the board for the May Family Foundation, an advisory board member for the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, and works with other non-profits. She also spends a tremendous amount of time cleaning up spills and messes made by her kids. And practices pilates.

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Bart Ragon

Associate Director
Univ. of Virginia
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia

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Andrea H. Denton

Research & Data Services Manager
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, Virginia

Andrea H. Denton is the Research and Data Services Manager at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia Health System.

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