From the GMR: Invitation to: Research for Better Patient Outcomes: What Librarians Should Know

Network Colleagues,
Are you curious about how librarians can be involved in “Comparative Effectiveness Research?” Do you know what an “Evidence-Based Practice Center” is for? Are you working with colleagues who are involved in “Community-Based” or “Practice-Based” research?
You are invited to hear more about how health care research has moved into the real world during the past decade and how these methods have become part of the health care reform movement in the U.S. Join us for this half-day symposium, including an open discussion about how librarians can be part of this movement.
Research for Better Patient Outcomes: What Librarians Should Know
When: November 15, 2012 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Where: University of Illinois at Chicago, Thompson Room, Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave, Chicago IL 60612
Symposium Speakers and Topics:
Comparative Effectiveness Research
Glen T. Schumock, PharmD, MBA, FCCP
Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) is defined as “the conduct and synthesis of research comparing the benefits and harms of different interventions and strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor health conditions in ‘real world’ settings.” Glen Schumock will describe the different types of CER and provide some background on why it has gained popularity in recent years. He will also compare CER to “patient-centered outcomes research”, and discuss the relevance of both to librarians.
Practice-Based Research Networks
Rienne Johnson, MLIS
Practice-based research networks (PBRN’s) ask and research clinical questions that are of relevance to community-based clinical medicine. Results from PBRN research can make a more immediate impact on clinical practice. While PBRN research can be highly clinical in nature, librarians can be a highly valued member of a practice-based research network and can uniquely contribute to a PBRN’s success. During this presentation, participants will learn what PBRN’s are, how PBRN’s work, and discover how librarians can contribute to the success of PBRN research.
Community-Based Participatory Research: A Perspective from Indian Country
Corey B. Smith, PhD, MA
Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) is an approach for conducting research in partnership with communities. The primary aim of CBPR is to reduce health inequities and improve community health and well-being. The historical antecedents of CBPR will be reviewed. Participants will become familiar with the distinguishing features of CBPR by comparison with other research paradigms. Finally, the challenges and benefits of CBPR will be illustrated using recent examples from research with tribal communities in the Northern Plains.
NLM Resources to Support Research
Ruth Holst, MSLS, FMLA
The National Library of Medicine provides a web page with Resources for Informing Comparative Effectiveness. Participants will learn about specialized searches in PubMed as well as sources to find research still in progress, such as HSRProj and
Join us for this informative session! Please register by going to:

Ruth Holst, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA
Associate Director
NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region
University of Illinois at Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk Street, MC763
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-996-6872
Fax: 312-996-2226


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