Research-Embedded Health Librarians as Facilitators of a Multidisciplinary Scoping Review

  • Gina Brander Saskatchewan Polytechnic Library
  • Colleen Pawliuk BC Children's Hospital Institute
Keywords: scoping review, embedded librarian, data capture, workflow management, bibliographic software, review tools, information technology, citation screening, clinical team, pediatric palliative care


Program  objective:  To  advance  the  methodology  and  improve  the  data  management  of  the  scoping  review through  the  integration  of  two  health  librarians  onto  the  clinical  research  team.  

Participants  and  setting:  Two  librarians were  embedded  on  a  multidisciplinary,  geographically  dispersed  pediatric  palliative  and  end-of-life  research  team  conducting a  scoping  review  headquartered  at  the  British  Columbia  Children’s  Hospital  Research  Institute.  

Program:  The  team’s embedded  librarians  guided  and  facilitated  all  stages  of  a  scoping  review  of  180  Q3  conditions  and  10  symptoms.  

Outcomes: The  scoping  review  was  enhanced  in  quality  and  efficiency  through  the  integration  of  librarians  onto  the  team.  

Conclusions: Health  librarians  embedded  on  clinical  research  teams  can  help  guide  and  facilitate  the  scoping  review  process  to  improve workflow  management  and  overall  methodology.  Librarians  are  particularly  well  equipped  to  solve  challenges  arising  from large  data  sets,  broad  research  questions  with  a  high  level  of  specificity,  and  geographically  dispersed  team  members. Knowledge  of  emerging  and  established  citation-screening  and  bibliographic  software  and  review  tools  can  help  librarians  to address  these  challenges  and  provide  efficient  workflow  management. 


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How to Cite
Brander, G., & Pawliuk, C. (2017). Research-Embedded Health Librarians as Facilitators of a Multidisciplinary Scoping Review. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Journal De L’Association Des Bibliothèques De La Santé Du Canada, 38(2), 38-43.
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