Tuesday, 23 May 2017

International Clinical Librarian Conference - Programme released

9th International Clinical Librarian Conference, in Leicester UK.
21st to 22nd September 2017


We are pleased to announce the programme for the next ICLC conference, organised by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

The conference will be held at Leicester Racecourse, in the vibrant multicultural city of Leicester. Leicester is only 66 minutes away from London via train, and Stratford Upon Avon is only an hour away by car. Leicester is also the home of world famous sports teams, so you could stay on after the conference for some exciting sports viewing!

Accommodation suggestions can be found here and there is free parking at the conference venue.

Monday, 22 May 2017

NEJM Group announces a new website for librarians

Announcement from the New England Journal of Medicine:


You’ll find articles that share the expertise of leading medical librarians, take you behind the scenes of products and events at NEJM Group, and provide resources to help your community take full advantage of our offerings.

Please explore our new site and be sure to register on the home page for an email alert to let you know when new articles are posted.



Friday, 19 May 2017

International Clinical Trials Day

James Lind (1716-1794), by Sir George Chalmers


Friday May 19th is International Clinical Trials Day.

The NIHR is holding events under the heading "I am Research", to increase public awareness of research.

We compiled a set of webpages for the Hope Clinical Trials Facility, based at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, and the pages include links to information about trials registries, participating in trials, and procedures and reporting guidelines.

Have a browse, on this International Clinical Trials Day.

Why this day?   According to the Association of Clinical Research Professionals site, May 20th 1747 is when James Lind began what was probably the first RCT, investigating scurvy.

The James Lind Library contains material illustrating the development of "fair tests of treatments", and can be browsed by topic.   It has information about Lind's trial here.



Portrait of Lind from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Lind#/media/File:James_Lind_by_Chalmers.jpg

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Systematic review filter for ProQuest PsycInfo

Looking for systematic reviews, I needed a systematic review filter for ProQuest PsycInfo.  

I had searched other databases for the same project and used SIGN's filters, but SIGN did not have one for PsycInfo and the other PsycInfo ones I had found were for other interfaces.


The idea behind using a filter, and not relying on database publication type limits, is that not every SR is indexed as one, so the filters look for terminology that is common in SRs to identify items that are SRs.


I adapted the University of Texas School of Public Health filter (found via the ISSG Search Filters Resource) for ProQuest.


This was what I came up with:



1. TI,AB,IF((comprehensive* OR integrative OR systematic*) NEAR/3 (bibliographic* OR review* OR literature))

2. TI,AB,IF((meta-analy* or metaanaly* or "research synthesis" or ((information or data) NEAR/3 synthesis) or (data NEAR/2 extract*)))

3. TI,AB,IF(review NEAR/5 (rationale or evidence)) and ME("Literature Review")

4. AB(cinahl or cinhal or (cochrane NEAR/3 trial*) or embase or medline or psyclit or psychlit or pubmed or scopus or "sociological abstracts" or "web of science")

5. ME("systematic review" or "meta analysis")

6. 1 OR 2 OR 3 OR 4 OR 5

The UTSPH filter is one line, but I got muddled with brackets and found it easier to have several lines...   Line 3 does not include the word PsycInfo because (as I discovered!) every reference in the database has that word in the abstract...  

Monday, 30 January 2017

Registration is now open for ICLC 2017


The International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC) runs conferences, targeted at Clinical Librarians and any other health librarian who finds the topics covered of interest.



21st to 22nd September 2017
Leicester Racecourse
Oadby
Leicester LE2 4AL

The International Clinical Librarian Conference is organised by the Clinical Librarian team at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) in the United Kingdom.

To find out more information on the UHL team and what they do, please visit their website at www.uhl-library.nhs.uk/cl



Abstract submissions are also currently being accepted:


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Call for Papers for ICLC 2017 - reminder

Hopefully you will have had time to consider over the Christmas and New Year break what sort of paper you would like to submit for the International Clinical Librarian Conference 2017. If you have, then here is the submission form. http://www.uhl-library.nhs.uk/iclc/abstracts.html


Friday, 6 January 2017

Transfusion Evidence Library

This database of systematic reviews, RCTs and economic studies relevant to transfusion medicine is available to the NHS.  It is compiled by the Systematic Review Initiative, an Oxford based clinical research group.

I must admit this is the first time I have used it.    Search terms used in my exploration are in bold.

Areas covered are listed.   The main audience will be people involved in transfusion medicine, but there is material in it of interest to surgeons, critical care specialists and haematologists. 

The search guide gives search tips, and details of how records are found for inclusion.
  • Total knee replacement finds 164 records
  • Phrase searching is allowed, so “Total knee replacement” 90
  • Boolean is allowed, so total knee (replacement OR arthroplasty) finds 283
  • Like PubMed, strings of words are AND’ed, so total AND knee AND (replacement OR arthroplasty) also finds 283.

Results can be filtered by:
  • Clinical specialty – these include, of course, blood donors, but also haematology and oncology, obstetrics and gynaecology, and surgery.   
  • Subject area - these include Fractionated blood products (under “Alternatives to blood”) and Management of anaemia (under “Clinical Practice”).
  • Study design - SR, RCT or economic.
  • Text availability - TEL links to some publishers and providers like Ovid, but also to things like PubMed Central.

You can apply only one filter from each group at a time.  You can apply filters from different groups together, for example, clinical specialty and study design.  Filters stay applied to searches until you clear them.

Some items (not many in any of the searches I did) have clinical commentaries evaluating quality.

For some searches, you see (at the end of the first page) the expanded query”. This looks like the search that is actually done, but I am not sure.  Sickle cell anaemia does not show an expanded query, where sickle cell anemia does, although both searches give the same number of results. Searching hiv gets the same number as searching hiv OR “human immunodeficiency virus”, and neither shows an expanded query.  For ITP (not the best search in the world!), the expanded query suggests it has searched inosine triphosphate, but the results suggest it has searched immune thrombocytopenia (which is what I was thinking of).   (Using the full name of ITP finds more)

Transfusion Evidence Library looks useful, and I plan to try it out on search requests, where appropriate.  We will be promoting it to our Transfusion team. 


Have you used it?    Please put your thoughts, or anything I have missed or got confused about, in a comment.