Sunday, 7 April 2013

Getting evidence into practice: the challenges, the ideas and the labour of an information specialist

By Vasumathi Sriganesh.

Vasumathi is a librarian by training, a medical information specialist and an avid campaigner for Evidence-informed Health Care and The Cochrane Collaboration. She was recently awarded the International Clinical Librarian Conference Evidence into Practice Award for 2013. 

Scenario 1: 
You are a doctor. If you are in a government hospital, you probably do not get to breathe in between seeing two patients or you may even be seeing several at a time. If you are in private practice, you may still be seeing far more patients than what seems a reasonable number. So how on earth do you stay updated? Or practice EBM (Evidence based medicine)?