9º World Congress on Health Information and Libraries

Salvador, Bahia - Brazil, September, 20 to 23 - 2005


4th Regional Coordination Meeting of the VHL

September, 19 to 20 - 2005

P29 - Information specialist`s role in Evidence-Based Public Health: Wise take advantage

The growth of evidence-based healthcare literature demands an interdisciplinary perspective in which librarians serve as information masters. Public health needs to be evidence-based if it is to be done correctly, which means that learning and knowledge -production for public health must be comprehensive. There is an urgent need for learning and knowledge ¬production using both quantitative and qualitative approaches for developing the evidence base for public health action. In addition, epidemiological knowledge is necessary for making appropriate priorities. Effective use and implementation of Evidence-based public health (EBPH) literature is leading librarians into new opportunities and they can fulfill a unique role in health policy teams.
Objective: To outline the role of EBPH in todays Public Health policy and distinct but essential contribution that librarians can play in search, evaluation and integration of EBPH for Public Health professionals and clinicians. Disscussion: Who would not want Public health policy to be based on evidence? & quot;Evidence based medicine & quot; has such self evidently desirable qualities that it may seem contrary to question its legitimacy. However, these term is now so familiar that it is easy to forget the important question about what sort of data provide appropriate evidence for particular types of decisions. The sort of evidence gathered on the benefits of interventions aimed at individuals may not help in guiding policies but to give just a one example. In huge amount of information librarians can serve as proffesionals in search and evaluation of information to meet needs of Health Policy proffesionals. These skills with actual integration in health policy team put them in the position of decision supporters.
Conclusion: Librarians are demostrating their value in more and more Health Policy teams, EBPH extends the librarians' role beyond identification of the literature to involvement in practising and teaching quality filtering and critical appraisal of the literature. Librarians have to develop, evaluate, and make more accessi ble information tools to support evidence based processes. These activities require librarians to acquire new knowledge and develop new skills. Hopefully we will make best use of them as well.