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Health Information and Libraries Journal

Julie Glanville, Gordon Dooley, Susi Wisniewski, Ruth Foxlee, Anna Noel-Storr
BACKGROUND: Evidence synthesis reviews in health care rely on the efficient identification of research evidence, particularly evidence from randomised controlled trials (RCTs). There are no recently validated filters to identify RCTs in the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL Plus). OBJECTIVES: To develop, test and validate a search filter to identify reports of RCTs from CINAHL Plus. METHODS: Nine sets of relevant and irrelevant records were identified to develop and test search filters iteratively...
February 8, 2019: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Cong Ren, Zhaohua Deng, Ziying Hong, Wei Zhang
OBJECTIVE: This paper aims to explore the determinants of the online health information seeking (OHIS) and usage (OHIU) behaviours of consumers based on the perceived benefits and costs of such activities. METHODS: This study applies questionnaires and empirical research methods. A questionnaire is designed according to the hypothesis model. A total of 282 questionnaires are obtained from patients and their accompanying families in two large hospitals, and the SPSS 17...
February 8, 2019: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Georges Danhoundo, Doug Whistance-Smith, Daniel Lemoine, Jill Konkin
BACKGROUND: Access to health services is a major challenge in many rural communities within Canada. Rural public libraries can serve as centres for health resources. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this exploratory study was to analyse the manner in which Alberta's rural libraries provide health information to their patrons. METHODS: A questionnaire including closed ended and open ended questions was sent to the 285 rural libraries across the Canadian province of Alberta...
January 30, 2019: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Wasim Ahmed, Peter A Bath, Laura Sbaffi, Gianluca Demartini
BACKGROUND: Infectious disease outbreaks have the potential to cause a high number of fatalities and are a very serious public health risk. OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to utilise an indepth method to study a period of time where the H1N1 Pandemic of 2009 was at its peak. METHODS: A data set of n = 214 784 tweets was retrieved and filtered, and the method of thematic analysis was used to analyse the data. RESULTS: Eight key themes emerged from the analysis of data: emotion and feeling, health related information, general commentary and resources, media and health organisations, politics, country of origin, food, and humour and/or sarcasm...
January 20, 2019: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Raechel A Damarell, Nikki May, Sue Hammond, Ruth M Sladek, Jennifer J Tieman
BACKGROUND: Searching for topics within large biomedical databases can be challenging, especially when topics are complex, diffuse, emerging or lack definitional clarity. Experimentally derived topic search filters offer a reliable solution to effective retrieval; however, their number and range of subject foci remain unknown. OBJECTIVES: This systematic scoping review aims to identify and describe available experimentally developed topic search filters. METHODS: Reports on topic search filter development (1990-) were sought using grey literature sources and 15 databases...
December 21, 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Peter Cannon
This study sought to revise the collection development policy for a bibliotherapy library used by the residents at a women's AOD treatment centre in Tampa, Florida (USA). The research was conducted by Peter Cannon as part of his PhD on rhetoric and reading therapies. The article summarises the key findings from a reading preference survey of the residents and a semi-structured group interview of the mental health professionals at the centre. The results are used to support the development of a new bibliotherapy model that Peter has termed neurorhetoric narratology...
December 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Maria J Grant
Responding to referee comments, the Health Information and Libraries Journal Editorial Advisory Board has been engaged in a large-scale project to review and revise local peer review processes. What has emerged is a review process which enables referees to provide a more nuanced review to the editorial team and authors. The revised processes have now been implemented in the ScholarOne Manuscripts submission system. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to peer reviewing for the Health Information and Libraries Journal in 2018...
December 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Marketta Fredriksson
Higher education institutions (HEIs) have a growing interest in establishing International joint degree programmes in developing countries. A Master's degree in global health care is an international joint degree programme run by two Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences and one Kenyan University. To provide students and staff members who live in Finland with an authentic experience of the circumstances in the developing countries, part of the programme involves delivering a two-week intensive course in Kenya...
December 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Ijeoma J Ibegbulam, Chinwendu C Akpom, Fidelia N Enem, Dora I Onyam
BACKGROUND: Adolescent female students should be provided opportunities to access reproductive health information to navigate this period of development successfully. Examining the use of the Internet for accessing reproductive health information by this group will provide useful information on their information needs and seeking behaviour. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the use of the Internet for reproductive health information among adolescent female students in secondary schools in Enugu, Nigeria...
December 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Emmanuel C Meribole, Olusesan Ayodeji Makinde, Akin Oyemakinde, Kolawole Azeez Oyediran, Akinyemi Atobatele, Fadeke A Fadeyibi, Aderemi Azeez, Duke Ogbokor, Olufunso Adebayo, Wura Adebayo, Emmanuel Abatta, Anthony Adoghe, Samuel Bolaji Adebayo, Zainab Mahmoud, Greg Ashefor, Samson Babatunde Adebayo, Ibrahim Ozovehe Yisa, Adeleke Balogun, Ogochukwu Chukwujekwu, Ibrahim Dalhatu, Ibrahim Jahun, Samson Bamidele, Dorcas O Johnson, Mukhtar Ibrahim, Frank Akpan, Bolatito Aiyenigba, Ogbonnaya Igwe Omaha, Aluka Terpase, Chibuzo Ottih, Olugbemiga Adelakin, Stephanie Mullen, Nosakhare Orobaton
BACKGROUND: Nigeria's national health information system (HIS) data sources are grouped into institutional and population based data that traverse many government institutions. Communication and collaboration between these institutions are limited, fraught with fragmentation and challenges national HIS functionality. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this paper was to share insights from and the implications of a recent review of Nigeria's HIS policy in 2014 that resulted in its substantial revision...
December 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Ann De Meulemeester, Bérengère Schietse, Bruno Vermeeren, Elke Ghesquière, Ghislaine Declève, Heidi Buysse, Inge Discart, Katrien Alewaeters, Nancy Durieux, Renaat Peleman, Nele Pauwels
This article is part of a new series in this regular feature. The series intend to serve as a road map by sharing expertise and drawing together trends that are relevant to both health science librarians and health informatics professionals. The present article is a collaboration of six medical and health sciences libraries in Belgium and the Flemish library and archive association (VVBAD, n.d., It aims to elucidate the extended, user-tailored approach provided by medical and health sciences libraries in Belgium motivated by the recent changes in user expectations and behaviour...
December 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Niloofar Solhjoo, Nader Naghshineh, Fatima Fahimnia, Amir R Ameri-Naeini
OBJECTIVE: Veterinarians and their clients are using online information to improve pets' health. There are no comprehensive frameworks, theories and models to intervene and evaluate online health information seeking behaviour (HISB) of pet owners. The objective of this paper was to provide a comprehensive review of the literature and propose a model for evaluating and intervening pet owner's HISB. METHODS: The framework emerges from a systematic literature review and qualitative content analysis...
December 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Hadas Matas, Jenny Bronstein
BACKGROUND: This paper examines the health literacy of seniors and the strategies they use to deal with health uncertainty in the context of changes in the health system in Israel that have created a need to examine health literacy in this sector of the population who use the health system the most. The oldest were born and grew up in an era when a physician's knowledge was unchallenged; now, they find it difficult to cope with the expectation of patients taking a role in decision making...
December 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Oluwaseun I Obasola, Iyabo M Mabawonku
BACKGROUND: A few studies have examined mothers' perception of ICT and maternal and child health (MCH) information promoted using ICT. The effectiveness of different modes of delivery of such information is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To investigate mothers' perceived usefulness of ICT and MCH information disseminated through e-health projects in Nigeria. METHODS: The study was a descriptive survey that was based on the mixed method paradigm. A questionnaire was used to collect data from 1001 mothers involved in ongoing ICT based projects in Nigeria...
December 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Hannah Spring
The current trends influencing change in health information and library settings are presenting some exciting new opportunities for health information specialists. Increasingly, knowledge specialists are playing a pivotal role in the effective mobilisation of knowledge and evidence. The focus for our profession will continue to be on demonstrating the value and impact of our services, but a shift in expectations about how those services are delivered will need to be underpinned by new tools and skill sets. These issues are reflected in the themes of the Health Libraries Group 2018 conference, and in conjunction with the event, this virtual issue draws together a collection of articles reflecting those themes...
December 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Sina Joneidy, Maria Burke
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to identify and analyse the US Health Sector concept of the 'Meaningful Use' of electronic health records (EHR's) based on the wide diversity of discourses in the published literature. Meaningful Use is defined as 'use of digital medical and health records to improve quality, safety and efficiency of patient health information'. METHODS: Herman Dooyeweerd's philosophical suite of aspects was the chosen research tool used to analyse seminal papers concerning the Meaningful Use of EHRs...
September 28, 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Alireza Rahimi, Mohammad R Soleymani, Alireza Hashemian, Mohammad R Hashemian, Azra Daei
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the models and methods for evaluating digital libraries. METHODS: Springer, Science Direct, ProQuest, Emerald, Wiley, LISTA, Web of Science (WOS), Scopus, Magiran (Persian), Irandoc (Persian), SID (Persian) and Noormags (Persian) databases were searched systematically based on the defined criteria. Selection criteria included full-text articles and dissertations published in English and Persian languages in 2004-2017...
September 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Thomas Vandendriessche, Marleen Michels, Linda Stoop, Natasja Vissenaekens, Inge Discart
Academic libraries play an important role in the provision of health information literacy (IL) skills and there are many approaches to how these can be delivered. In this paper, guest writers Inge Discart and colleagues from KU Leuven Libraries 2Bergen Information Centre (2BIC) in Belgium discuss a pop-up information literacy skills project. In particular, the article presents the findings from an initial information skills needs assessment conducted at the University, followed by how the concept of the pop-up sessions was developed and promoted throughout the organisation...
September 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Maria J Grant
After the excitement of this summer's Health Libraries Group conference, it is important to maintain that sense of momentum and enthusiasm that being with like-minded library and information workers can bring. #HLG2018 certainly presented plenty of opportunities for collaboration and the enthusiasm to put ideas into action. The launch of CILIP's Health Hub, bringing together content and resources co-produced with CILIP members, together with additional categories specifically designed for those working in health to extend CILIP's...
September 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Stephen Ayre, Alison Brettle, Dominic Gilroy, Douglas Knock, Rebecca Mitchelmore, Sophie Pattison, Susan Smith, Jenny Turner
BACKGROUND: Health libraries contribute to many activities of a health care organisation. Impact assessment needs to capture that range of contributions. OBJECTIVES: To develop and pilot a generic impact questionnaire that: (1) could be used routinely across all English NHS libraries; (2) built on previous impact surveys; and (3) was reliable and robust. METHODS: This collaborative project involved: (1) literature search; (2) analysis of current best practice and baseline survey of use of current tools and requirements; (3) drafting and piloting the questionnaire; and (4) analysis of the results, revision and plans for roll out...
September 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
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