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National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

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Introduction to Health Services Research : A Self-Study Course

Module 7: Librarians' Role in Health Services Research (Page 8 of 12)

National Library of Medicine Reports and Recommendations

National Library of Medicine Training Plan

In 1995, the National Library of Medicine completed another report on the education and training of librarians and library educators titled, Training plan (health services research education and training program): background and summary (Lipscomb, 1995).

It "emphasizes the importance of introducing health sciences librarians to the content of the field of health services research, ... information sources, and ... methodologies, in order to enable them to improve their ability to respond to questions, to support the conduct of such research, and to participate on health services research teams."

The Training Plan report suggests that health sciences librarians expand their education in this area with graduate degrees in related disciplines, self-study curriculum, distance learning, and other strategies.

The report suggests that health sciences librarians expand their education in this area with graduate degrees in related disciplines, self-study curriculum, distance learning, and other strategies.

It mandates the National Library of Medicine to develop health services curriculum in partnership with the Medical Library Association, health services research organizations, and academic departments (Lipscomb, 1995).

Also of interest are two publications from NLM: Health services: sources of information for research (NLM, 1992) and Specialized module: health services research information (NLM, 1995).

NICHSR's Outreach and Training Activities

Snapshot of NICHSR's Outreach and Training Activities page. This image will open in a new window. Close window to return to this page.NICHSR collaborates with other NLM components and with members of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine® (NN/LM®) to exhibit NLM products and services and to present specially focused training classes at national meetings of HSR-related organizations.

A visit to NICHSR's Outreach and Training Activities page lists a number of these outreach and training efforts including:

Discussion Questions

  1. Describe at least three key factors involved in finding quality research in the field of health services research.
  2. If librarians are to be considered essential partners with health services researchers, what can librarians do to prove to health services researchers that they are both essential and partners?
  3. Discuss what other courses you think NLM in partnership with the Medical Library Association, health services research organizations, and academic departments might consider developing over the next few years to meet your need for training.
  4. Do you consider yourself part of the health services research work force? Discuss why or why not.
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