This study found that clinical librarians contribute to a wide range of outcomes in the short and longer term and really do make a difference within the NHS. These include:
- direct contributions to choice of intervention (36%)
- diagnosis (26%)
- quality of life (25%)
- increased patient involvement in decision making (26%)
- and cost savings and risk management including avoiding tests, referrals, readmissions and reducing length of stay (28%).
Brettle, A., Maden-Jenkins, M., Anderson, L., McNally, R., Pratchett, T., Tancock, J., Thornton, D. and Webb,A. A 2011, ‘Evaluating clinical librarian services: a systematic review’ , Health Information & Libraries Journal, 28 (1) , pp. 3-22.
Buckley-Woods, H. and Booth, A. (2013) What is the current state of practitioner research: the 2013 LIRG scan. Library and Information Research, 37(116).