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1. Do NHS Libraries Have a Role in Providing Information to Patients, Carers and the Public? 2008

This project was carried out by Alison Brettle, Claire Hulme and Paula Ormandy of University of Salford, Institute of Health and Social Care. It examined the following:

    • What public sector based information services are currently provided to patients and carers in the North West and by whom?
    • What are the views of key stakeholders regarding:
      • Whether NHS Libraries should provide information to patients and carers?
      • Whether NHS Libraries could provide information to patients and carers?
      • What type of services could be offered?
      • What roles could NHS Libraries play?
    • If NHS Libraries were to provide information to patients and carers, what would be needed to facilitate and/or support them?

There is a full report or executive summary.

2. The Provision of Information Resources and Services to the General Public and Patients in Cheshire and Merseyside: a Review, 2006

Produced by David Stewart, Director of Health Libraries NW this provides a brief overview of the 2006 provision of health information to patients and the general public and an outline of issues arising from that provision.

3. Effective Methods of Providing Information for Patient Care (EMPIRIC), 2004-2005

This project examined the effectiveness, cost effectiveness and impact of information skills training and librarian mediated searching within North West (NHS) libraries on health professionals wishing to locate evidence based information for patient care. It was carried out by Alison Brettle, Claire Hulme and Paula Ormandy of University of Salford, Health Care Practice R&D Unit.

4. The SECTA Review: The North West Health Library and Information Services Review, 1998

This research was funded by the NHS Executive NW with the purpose "to review the current situation for the purpose of education and training, research and development and patients care". One of the recommendation was to "Establish a Regional Library and Information Advisory Unit" and it is as a result of this that the NW Health Care Libraries Unit was established in 1999.

There is a full report and an executive summary.