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Virtual Poster 4: Evidence-Based Practice at the bedside: The librarian’s role in promoting EBP Mobile apps.

Posted on March 2, 2012 by Amy Chatfield | 3 Comments

Lisa Federer, MLIS,
Health and Life Sciences Librarian, UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library

As mobile devices become increasingly ubiquitous and new apps are developed to support evidence-based practice, smart phones and tablets have begun to make their way into clinical settings. Though much of the health-related research on mobile devices has focused on patient use, early investigations into the use of mobile devices at the bedside are encouraging.

As trusted information professionals, librarians are ideally suited to encourage the effective use of mobile devices to support EBP. Librarians’ interactions with clinicians regarding mobile devices could be divided into three different activities:
– Increasing awareness of mobile devices as tools for EBP;
– Promoting high-quality apps;
– Educating clinicians through one-on-one and group instruction, online tutorials, and other teaching modalities.

This poster will address these issues, in addition to suggesting best practices for instruction on using mobile devices and providing a list of selected high-quality apps.

Download the full-size PDF of Lisa Federer’s poster, “Evidence-Based Practice at the Bedside:The Librarian’s Role in Promoting EBP Mobile Apps.”

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3 Responses to “Virtual Poster 4: Evidence-Based Practice at the bedside: The librarian’s role in promoting EBP Mobile apps.”

  1. Lisa Marks
    March 7th, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    Trying to bring the “powers that be” into the world of tablets @ the bedside is a challenge. This will be helpful to show the need for such “gadgets” for point-of-care medicine.

  2. Lisa Federer
    March 7th, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

    Lisa, agreed! More research needs to be done with tablets, but the effectiveness of mobile devices in general at improving patient outcomes is well-documented (see the bibliography on my site). These kinds of studies will hopefully be convincing to those “powers that be.”

  3. Kathleen Shepler
    March 8th, 2012 @ 10:26 am


    The first thing I noticed about your poster was that it was visual appealing with just the right amount of information and a pleasant color palette. As more and more clinicians accept the guidance of librarians who have invested the time to be sources for increasing “evidence-based practice at the bedside” the winners will be the patients receiving better care as long as the clinicians remember to continue to interact directly with the patients and not get caught up with their mobile devices.

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