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INLS210-096  Evidence-Based Information Practice



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Announcement Icon Wed, Nov 30, 2005 -- 12/14/2005 Class times
Class meets 2-4:00 p.m. instead of regular time.
Posted by Carol Perryman     
Announcement Icon Fri, Nov 25, 2005 -- New sections for the Bibliography
I keep forgetting to bring this up because we've had so much to talk about - but there are two new sections of resources now under Bibliography. The first is 'Class bibliographies,' and of course, it's linked to your work in compiling subject bibliographies for evidence-based practices in nursing and in physical therapy. Second, there's small and growing listing of links to sites containing information about the evidence-based models for practice used in various disciplines. That section is entitled 'Standards & Resources,' and your suggestions for new sites to this compilation are extremely welcome.
Course Link: Bibliography / Standards & Resources
Posted by Carol Perryman     
Announcement Icon Wed, Nov 16, 2005 -- Evidence-based consumer health research article
Griffiths KM, Christensen H. (2005) Website quality indicators for consumers. JMIR,7(5) Article e55. Available online at

Background: The rating tool DISCERN was designed for use by consumers without content expertise to evaluate the quality of health information. There is some evidence that DISCERN may be a valid indicator of evidence-based website quality when applied by health professionals. However, it is not known if the tool is a valid measure of evidence-based quality when used by consumers. Since it is a lengthy instrument requiring training in its use, DISCERN may prove impractical for use by the typical consumer. It is therefore important to explore the validity of other simpler potential indicators of site quality such as Google PageRank.
Objective: This study aimed to determine (1) whether the instrument DISCERN is a valid indicator of evidence-based Web content quality for consumers without specific mental health training, and (2) whether Google PageRank is an indicator of website content quality as measured by an evidence-based gold standard.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional survey of depression websites using consumer and health professional raters. The main outcome measures were (1) site characteristics, (2) evidence-based quality of content as measured by evidence-based depression guidelines, (3) DISCERN scores, (4) Google PageRank, and (5) user satisfaction.

Results: There was a significant association between evidence-based quality ratings and average DISCERN ratings both for consumers (r = 0.62, P = .001) and health professionals (r = 0.80, P < .001). Consumer and health professional DISCERN ratings were significantly correlated (r = 0.77, P < .001). The evidence-based quality score correlated with Google PageRank (r = 0.59, P = .002). However, the correlation between DISCERN scores and user satisfaction was higher than the correlation between Google PageRank and user satisfaction.

Conclusions: DISCERN has potential as an indicator of content quality when used either by experts or by consumers. Google PageRank shows some promise as an automatic indicator of quality.
Posted by Carol Perryman     
Announcement Icon Mon, Nov 07, 2005 -- Christie Silbajoris MLIS, AHIP - Our speaker on 11/16/05
Ms. Silbajoris is Project Director for NC Health Info ( )

Today's topic will be evidence-based consumer health information, and is to be a joint class with Health Informatics students from the School of Public Health.

Please note: Christie has provided us with links to articles and sites addressing standards and evaluative criteria, to be read prior to her presentation.
Those links, and one added by Joanne, can be found in the Bibliography, under the section entitled 'Class Speakers.'
Course Link: Bibliography / Class speakers / Christie Silbajoris MLIS, AHIP - our speaker on 11/16/05
Posted by Carol Perryman     
Announcement Icon Mon, Nov 07, 2005 -- Gerald Gartlehner MD, MPH - Our speaker on 12/7/05
Gerald Gartlehner MD, MPH is a Research Fellow of the Sheps Center for Health Services Research and the Associate Director of the RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center.

Today's topic will be systematic reviews.

Please note: Dr. Gartlehner has provided us with two articles on systematic reviews to read prior to his presentation.
Those articles can be found in the Bibliography, under the section entitled 'Class Speakers.'
Course Link: Bibliography / Class speakers / Gerald Gartlehner MD, MPH - our speaker on 12/7/05
Posted by Carol Perryman     
Announcement Icon Wed, Nov 02, 2005 -- Dr. Mark Fraser -- Our speaker on 11/2/05
Dr. Fraser is the John A. Tate Distinguished Professor for Children in Need at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

Today's topic will be evidence-based social work.

Please note: The Powerpoint presentation Dr. Fraser used on 11/2/05 is linked through a new section in the bibliography entitled Class Speakers.
Course Link: Bibliography / Class speakers / Mark Fraser MSW, PhD - our speaker on 11/2/05
Posted by Carol Perryman     
Announcement Icon Thu, Oct 27, 2005 -- DeeDee Boyington, PhD, RN - Our speaker on 11/30/05
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, UNC-Chapel Hill

Today's topic will be evidence-based practice in nursing.
Course Link: Bibliography / Class speakers / DeeDee Boyington Phd, RN - our speaker on 11/30/05
Posted by Carol Perryman     
Announcement Icon Thu, Oct 27, 2005 -- Denise Koufogiannakis' paper
I've added a link to this paper in the 'EBLIP exemplars' section of the bibliography. In order to help us all practice what we're learning, I am providing here a link to Trisha Greenhalgh's paper on critically evaluating a systematic review from the clinical literature. If you are not familiar with this very widely-disseminated series of papers (now a book, in fact) - this might be a good opportunity to take a look at some of it:

Just the first part of it deals with critical appraisal, and it's nicely brief :).

I'm also adding a brief listing of questions for the evaluation of an LIS systematic review to Module 5 of the tutorial, adapted from Greenhalgh's paper. This is a very preliminary attempt on my part to build such a list, so I'd welcome feedback.
Posted by Carol Perryman     
Announcement Icon Wed, Oct 26, 2005 -- Our article cites for class review
You'll find more research articles under the EBL exemplars area of the bibliography than elsewhere, and the papers presented at the Brisbane conference are great choices, as well.

Joanne's choice:
Effective methods for teaching information literacy skills to undergraduate students: what does the library research literature reveal?
Denise Koufogiannakis University of Alberta Libraries, Canada.

Carol's choice
Clark C. (2005). Exploring evidence-based information literacy. Paper presented at the 3rd conference on EBIP, Evolution of Evidence: Global perspectives on linking research to practice. Brisbane, Australia. available full-text through the conference site.

Martha's choice
Issues and problems for librarians' conducting research - an example of a randomised controlled trial comparing the effect of e-learning, with a taught workshop, on the knowledge and search skills of health professionals.
Nicola Pearce-Smith Department of Knowledge and Information Sciences, Supporting Public Health (NHS), UK. full-text available from the EBLIP conference papers & presentations page, or here:

Isaac's choice
Booth A & Brice A. (2003). Clear cut?: facilitating health librarians to use information research in practice. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 20(Supp. 1):45-52.
Posted by Carol Perryman     
Announcement Icon Sat, Oct 08, 2005 -- 2005 EBL conference in Brisbane, AU
We'll probably be seeing some of the papers from this conference cited repeatedly in the future, as those from the previous conferences have been. Take a look at the topics - some appear to be primarily theoretical, but there are many in areas like customer services, teaching literacy skills, and 'just in time' library consultation service.

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