Clinical librarians – evidence of efficacy?

In Evidence-Based Librarianship on April 10, 2008 by Alan Lovell Tagged: ,

A case control study at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Centre suggests that patients treated by doctors supported by clinical librarians spend less time in hospital and have lower hospital charges than those treated by doctors without librarian support (Librarian-assisted group: Median length of stay = 3 days, Median hospital charge = $7,045; Control group: 5 days and $10,663, respectively).

OK, so it’s a bit more complicated than that, but go have a quick look at a nice summary at the Minervation blog or go to the full text [PDF]. If you are a clinical librarian it might just made your day!


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