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Introduction to Health Services Research : A Self-Study Course

Module 7: Librarians' Role in Health Services Research (Page 5 of 12)

Librarian's Role: Introduction

No assessment of technology, health care delivery, quality, or cost can affect practice and policy decisions unless people organize and disseminate that information widely. AHRQ and other organizations have grappled over the most effective methods of spreading research results in the most appealing, persuasive, and usable formats to practitioners, payers, and the public (Sechrest, 1994).

Librarians receive training in tailoring information retrieval and dissemination to specific audiences and can play a major role in the growing fields of health services research and technology assessment.

The field of health services research allows librarians not only to expand their roles and influence but to contribute to the delivery of health care and to the improvement of health in our society.

Over the last few years, several reports have been published to address the educational needs of librarians to become more effective (and employed) members of the health care team. Those will be discussed on subsequent pages.

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