Librarians in health care institutions get an increasing role in searching adequate literature. New technologies and open access to medical databases offer new ways in providing medical literature. In addition clinicians have more possibilities to get scientific information. The aim of this research is to assess the role of information specialists in supporting Evidence Based Health Care as a part of activities of Continuing Medical Education (CME). The research is based on 91 clinicians’ requests to the information specialist for searching databases concerning patients’ care during October 2006. They could not reach adequate literature by themselves for different reasons. Using only Google for their search was not enough.
By searching Evidenced Based Medicine (EBM) sources, the information specialist solved 85% of the requests. Searching for literature failed in 15 % only, caused by copyright of publisher and denied access to the data source. EBM has an increasing influence on information specialists’ work and includes only the best evidence from recent clinical practices.
Experience and skills of information specialist in the retrieval process supporting EBM avoids accumulation of unnecessary literature, makes searching databases short, valuable, time -efficient and useful to the maximal extent.