The impact of clinical medical librarianship on the patient care
Malattiri, Radha (2005) The impact of clinical medical librarianship on the patient care. In: Silver Jubilee Conference of Medical Library Association of India, NIMHANS, 16-18 Nov 2005, Bangalore, India.
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The services of the medical library today have moved away from the traditional concept. World over, the Medical Librarian has been transformed into a Clinical Medical Librarian. This trend is rapidly catching on in India as well. Due to time constraints, Physicians do not get sufficient time to read and digest the whole published data available in the medical literature. By providing the appropriate information at right time to the physician, the CML can save precious time of the physician. The Clinical Medical Librarian participates in the ward rounds, attends medical conferences and continuing education programs. This person then accompanies the physician in the ward rounds. This ensures that the latest information is literally available to the physician at the tip of his finger, which in this case is on the Laptop that accompanies the Librarian during the rounds. The need for accessing quick, high quality and filtered information is gaining importance in Indian health environment, especially since the potential of health tourism is being realized. This is where the concept of CML, which dates back a few decades, becomes pertinent to the Indian scenario. MIMS, Calicut was one of the first few completely computerized hospitals in Kerala and have been using a modified form of CML in our hospital. We conducted a survey among physicians to find out the extent to which such data actually helped in patient care. We also looked at the impact that this information made, in providing guidance to the treating physician. By doing so we wish to familiarize all the doctors and the library staff to CML and hope to achieve international standards in CML which is relevant to the local scenario.
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