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