To describe a pilot project where two health science librarians explored a new role by performing data screening after retrieving and managing literature search results in a rapid review project led by the clinicians in the Trauma Department of Presbyterian Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rapid review (RR) is an emerging methodology addressing the demands of policymakers, decision makers and clinicians who often require timely access to resources that succinctly and methodically synthesize evidence to inform their decisions. It may be driven by clinical urgency or may be determined by limited time and resources to conduct full SRs.
A one-clinician-centered team aimed to develop a program to improve patient care in the Trauma Department based on a RR. With limited time and staff resources, they strongly desired that librarians contribute as much as possible in generating the RR.
Considering the patrons’ special need, the librarians advanced their traditional role of retrieving literature from databases in a systematic review project and performed the data screening for the clinicians. Abstrackr, a data screening tool, was employed in this pilot project.
Systematic Review Coordinator and Clinical Liaison Librarian
Biomedical Library, University of Pennsylvania
Maylene Kefeng Qiu, MS, AHIP, currently works as a Systematic Reivew Coordinator and Evidence-Based Healthcare and Clinical Liaison Librarian at the Biomedical Library, University of Pennsylvania. She developed and leads the systematic review services at the Health Sciences Libraries. Her interest is in the future information automation field.
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