Mobile connecting clinicians to librarians for just-in-time medical evidence: mPaL


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Mobile connecting clinicians to librarians for just-in-time medical evidence: mPaL

  1. 1. Mobile connecting clinicians to librariansfor just-in-time medical evidence: mPaLHo, K.1, Cordeiro, J.1, Smith, R.2, Hornby, K.1, and Liman, Y.1 1Universityof British Columbia 2Simon Fraser University
  2. 2. PURPOSE AND METHODS• Problem: While health librarians can assist clinicians develop skills to find and apply research evidence to guide patient management, the librarians may not be available to those working in remote areas.• mPaL: mobile Phone-a-Librarian – Examine how mobile phones can support clinician learning needs by: 1. Enabling consultations with health librarians. 2. Connecting clinicians to their peers to discuss appropriate application of evidence into practice.• mPAL is comprised of two phases: • Conducting a focus group with clinicians to understand their information seeking needs in 1 clinical situations. • Developing a mobile platform and protocol to connect clinicians to librarians and to 2 cultivate an online dialogue.• UBC medical residents completing their training in rural and remote communities were involved in this study.
  3. 3. FINDINGS AND IMPLICATIONS• Results: Focus group showed medical residents: – Most frequently used mobile phones for: • Storing and accessing evidence-based medical and drug information • For emails and texting while on-the-move – Recognized the benefits of having mobile and on-demand access to „live‟ librarians for assistance with information gathering.• Outcomes: Interdisciplinary team of UBC medical librarians, medical resident leaders, and technology experts developed: 1. Smart phone-mediated communication protocol for residents to work with librarians to support literature searches; and 2. An online journal club for residents to discuss appropriate application of medical evidence uncovered through librarian consultations.
  4. 4. CONCLUSION• Questionnaires to assess the residents‟ and librarians‟: – Satisfaction with the platform; – Effectiveness in knowledge exchange; and – The influence of the knowledge on clinical management.• Overall, the study: – Showed that mobile technologies can fulfill a critical learning gap for clinicians working in remote and underserved communities, and – Uncovered important insights about “mobile digital librarians.”• Acknowledgements: The mPAL project team would like to thank: – All participating UBC medical residents and librarians, and – The Nokia Foundation, and TEKTIC and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research for funding.• For more information on the eHealth Strategy Office visit or go visit: