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At Our Bodies Our Blog: Evaluating Medical News Coverage

July 15, 2009

At Our Bodies Our Blog today, I have a post on Resources for Evaluating Health News, including links to resources that grade and critique medical journalism. There’s also a bit about conflicts of interest in medical journalism education (i.e., drug companies sponsoring “education” of journalists about treatments they make money off of).

Thanks to Nikki D (eagledawg) for sharing it with others via Twitter, and shamsha, sevinfo, HS_Librarian, wwdove17, and WSUSpokane for further retweeting. I love it when the libraryland folks appreciate a post.🙂

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2009 8:09 pm

    Rachel,
    I need to ask you a very ignorant question. What exactly is a medical librarian? We have a librarian at the hospital who I ask to find research articles for policy and procedures, educational programming etc. Does she qualify as a medical librarian?

    • July 16, 2009 7:08 am

      Yes, that sounds like a medical librarian to me, although she may call herself a “hospital librarian.” A medical librarian is generally any librarian with a medical/health subject focus, but what any given one of us does and our specific medical knowledge base/focus may be very different from others (there is also debate in the profession about whether someone who does librarian-type work but does not have the graduate degree in library science can be properly called a “librarian,” but I’m not going to go there). I work in the library of an academic medical center, and spend some of my time finding, evaluating, and summarizing clinical evidence in support of patient care and order sets, training people on our resources, answering reference questions, and the like. Other medical librarians work in other settings, like hospitals, corporations, public libraries, non-profit organizations, etc. – I have two librarian colleagues who have moved on to working for our IRB and to project manage with our institution’s AHRQ evidence-based practice center. There is a quick overview the Medical Library Association at http://urlzen.com/n9g (ignore the formatting-it’s the Google html version of a slideshow)

  2. July 16, 2009 9:05 pm

    Thanks🙂

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