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The role of the information specialist in the systematic review process: a health information case study

Beverley, C., Booth, A. and Bath, P.A. (2003) The role of the information specialist in the systematic review process: a health information case study. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 20 (2). pp. 65-74. ISSN 1471-1834

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There is an increasing body of literature on the information specialist's role in supporting evidence-based health care. In particular, the information component in systematic reviews has received considerable attention in recent years. Information professionals have evolved from simply acting as 'evidence locators' and 'resource providers' to being quality literature filterers, critical appraisers, educators, disseminators, and even change managers. This paper describes ten possible roles for information professionals in the systematic review process, using a case study of a review of the health information needs of visually impaired people carried out by the Centre for Health Information Management Research (CHIMR) at the University of Sheffield. This health information review was undertaken entirely by a team of information professionals. The ten roles identified are: project leader, project manager, literature searcher, reference manager, document supplier, critical appraiser, data extractor, data synthesiser, report writer and disseminator. This review has also identified an eleventh possible role for information professionals; that of primary researcher. Finally, the implications for evidence-based health care and evidence-based health informatics are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Information Studies
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2009 15:08
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2009 15:08
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1471-1842.2003.00411.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Identification Number: 10.1046/j.1471-1842.2003.00411.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9138

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