Healthcare librarians and the delivery of critical appraisal training: attitudes, level of involvement and support
Article first published online: 3 NOV 2010
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Health Information & Libraries Journal
Volume 27, Issue 4, pages 304–315, December 2010
How to Cite
Maden-Jenkins, M. (2010), Healthcare librarians and the delivery of critical appraisal training: attitudes, level of involvement and support. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 27: 304–315. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2010.00899.x
- Issue published online: 3 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 3 NOV 2010
- Received 24 October 2009; Accepted 30 April 2010
Background: Although healthcare librarians are undertaking training in critical appraisal skills, what is not so clear is the impact of the training on the understanding and dissemination of these skills.
Objectives: This study aims to examine the attitudes of healthcare librarians towards delivering critical appraisal training and their level of involvement.
Methods: A questionnaire survey of 57 library services across 48 NHS Trust Library Services in north-west England followed up with 21 semi-structured interviews.
Results: Seventy-three per cent of respondents felt that they ought to be involved in delivering critical appraisal training, however less than a third (29%) are actually involved. Librarians are involved in critical appraisal facilitation at various levels.
Conclusions: Debate continues over the extent of librarian involvement in delivering critical appraisal training. As long as healthcare librarians recognise their own capabilities and identify the boundaries within which they feel comfortable then there is no reason why they should not be involved in delivering critical appraisal training.