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September 25, 2013

The Evolving Role and Value of Libraries and Librarians in Health Care

Author Affiliations
  • 1Edward G. Miner Library, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
  • 2Department of Neurology, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester
JAMA. 2013;310(12):1231-1232. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.277050

Changes in medical information and technology are revolutionizing health care. As clinicians try to incorporate research into practice through comparative effectiveness research and decision support, they increasingly depend on technology to bring evidence to the bedside to improve quality and patient outcomes. Integrating current information into the processes of shared decision making and continuous learning supports the application of evidence in clinical decision making. Health sciences libraries and librarians have an increasingly important role in providing that information to clinicians as well as to patients and their families.

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