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From The Archives: Asking the Potentially Answerable Clinical Question

October 3, 2013
From The Archives: Asking the Potentially Answerable Clinical Question

Please enjoy this post from the Archives, dated October 1, 2010

By Dorice L. Vieira M.A., M.L.S.

Faculty Peer Reviewed

The title to this feature may seem a bit odd, but there is a proper way to ask evidence-based clinical questions.  “What is the treatment for diabetes?” is not a well-defined question.  A PubMed literature search using the terms “diabetes” and “treatment” retrieves a total of 167,843 citations covering a myriad of approaches to the treatment of diabetes:  type I (26,884…

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From The Archives – Ask a Librarian: What are the Key Resources for Clinical Decision Making?

August 9, 2012
From The Archives – Ask a Librarian: What are the Key Resources for Clinical Decision Making?

Please enjoy this post from the archives dated July 14, 2010

By Aileen McCrillis, MSLIS

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In order to ensure the best-quality healthcare for patients, it is important for clinicians to consult the highest level of evidence to guide them in the decision-making process. As the volume of biomedical literature increases over time, it becomes more and more difficult for the clinician to identify the best evidence.

Many different types of clinical decision-making resources are now available to clinicians through the Internet.…

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Asking the Potentially Answerable Clinical Question

October 1, 2010
Asking the Potentially Answerable Clinical Question

By Dorice L. Vieira M.A., M.L.S.

Faculty Peer Reviewed

 The title to this feature may seem a bit odd, but there is a proper way to ask evidence-based clinical questions.  “What is the treatment for diabetes?” is not a well-defined question.  A PubMed literature search using the terms “diabetes” and “treatment” retrieves a total of 167,843 citations covering a myriad of approaches to the treatment of diabetes:  type I (26,884 citations) or type II (35,368 citations), patient satisfaction…

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Ask a Librarian: What are the Key Resources for Clinical Decision Making?

July 14, 2010
Ask a Librarian: What are the Key Resources for Clinical Decision Making?

By Aileen McCrillis, MSLIS

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In order to ensure the best-quality healthcare for patients, it is important for clinicians to consult the highest level of evidence to guide them in the decision-making process. As the volume of biomedical literature increases over time, it becomes more and more difficult for the clinician to identify the best evidence.

Many different types of clinical decision-making resources are now available to clinicians through the Internet. For example, Clin-eguide provides…

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Ask-A-Librarian Column: What Exactly Do You Do? A Clinician’s Guide to the Medical Librarian

September 25, 2009
Ask-A-Librarian Column: What Exactly Do You Do? A Clinician’s Guide to the Medical Librarian


Jamie Graham

You may have seen us at clinical rounds, faculty council, or IRB sessions. You may have wondered why a medical librarian would be present outside the library. Our exact function is often a mystery to clinicians, and so, we have decided to take this opportunity in our inaugural issue to introduce ourselves and tell you everything we have to offer.Our professional librarians at the NYU Health Sciences Libraries receive a Masters in Library Science (M.L.S.) and often hold…

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