Author: cometlibrary

Noise in the library

The COMET Building is undergoing an full refurbishment for 4 weeks. However the library reading room is very noisy during the day, which is unavoidable.

If you find the noise unbearable, please ask the library staff to provide a pair of closed ear headphones, which are very effective at blocking out the noise.

We thank you for your understanding. Library Team

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New in the Library – CSA Scenarios for the MRCGP 4th Edition

The first three editions have helped thousands of candidates through the CSA exam in the last nine years. The original approach has therefore been retained so the book continues to offer readers a concise ‘need-to-know’ guide to passing the CSA, with the emphasis on successfully completing a case in the allotted ten minutes using a structured consultation framework that works.

This latest edition has been comprehensively updated to include new information on the latest clinical evidence, national guidelines, and from the recent medical literature. All existing cases have been revised and new cases have been added to cover pre-diabetes and premature ejaculation. Psoriasis, sore throat, thyroid disease and the PSA test are covered in even more detail.

Library Survey 2018 – Tell us your opinion (and win a sportswatch or powerbank)

The COMET Library is running its yearly survey during the month of June, where you can tell the library what resources, books, and journals you want us to purchase in the coming year, and what developments you would like your library service to focus on:

Some highlights from the 2017 Survey

Last year you told us that :

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Hospital Discovery Service

eBooks and eJournals were difficult to find, so we implemented the new library discovery service at https://www.ldh.nhs.uk/gps-professionals/library-services.

We also added all available resources and discovery services to the single website http://www.bedfordshirehealthlibraries.nhs.uk, as a ‘single site’ for all NHS staff in Bedfordshire to access e-resources and will promote this during the summer.

That there was a shortage of desk space in the library reading room, so we added 5 more study spaces and refreshed the furniture including new chairs and power sockets.

That we needed more exam texts, so we purchased multiples of popular texts to ensure all users get a copy when they need one.

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New Study Space

That we should purchase the latest editions of JAMA, Lancet, and NEJM, and the library now has an electronic subscription to JAMA, a paper subscription to the NEJM and the Lancet subscription is forthcoming.

All your answers in the survey are included in the library plans for 18-19, all recommended books are added to the library collection and any comments are discussed by the library team. As an added extra any completed entries have a chance to win a prize of a Garmin Vivofit 3 Sports Watch or one of two mobile phone powerbanks.

The library survey can be found at

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cometlib2018

SAS Evening Event

turmeric-2344157_640This evenings educational event will include a demonstration of the new Discovery Service and a basic literature search by Mr. William Henderson, Assistant Librarian, followed by a discussion on the Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews by Mr. John Barbrook, Head of Library and Learning Resources.

Download the Systematic Review Example Paper using your Athens account with this link or by clicking on the image

The Discovery Service is available by googling ‘Comet Library’, at search.ebscohost.com or at bedfordshirehealthlibraries.nhs.uk 

Please email either William or John after the event if you would like to discuss further training or your access to the library resources.

Upcoming Literature Searching and Critical Appraisal Training

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The library services offer regular training sessions on a range of topics, and we offer group and one-to-one sessions. We can organise custom training programs for departments, from one hour to all day training, depending on need.

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All sessions are free of charge for all staff in Bedfordshire, and Certificates are given where attendance is for portfolios and revalidation.

Please email library@ldh.nhs.uk to book onto a session.

 

Upcoming Group Sessions

Evidence-Based Literature Searching

Our most popular sessions, these can range from Basic Literature Searching using evidence-based resources such as NHS Evidence, to more in-depth training where we discuss searching through databases such as MEDLINE and CINAHL, and using thesaurus terms to produce a high-quality search strategy suitable for research or study. We rarely cover all topics in individual sessions but advertise a range of differing needs-based training based on different user groups.

Topics Covered:

Non-google resources and evidence-based practice

Bias in electronic resources and websites

PICO and formulating a clinical question

Levels of Evidence and Systematic Reviews

Searching MEDLINE and CINAHL to produce a search strategy

 

Wed, May 16, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Thu, July 5, 11:30am – 1:30pm

 

Finding the Evidence for Nurses, Midwives and HCAs

 This session covers finding resources using Google and non-google resources, using the hospital discovery service to locate evidence and the ‘levels of evidence’ of published resources. Suitable for staff undertaking a new course of study, or for revalidation.

Topics Covered:

Non-google resources and evidence-based practice

Bias in electronic resources and websites

PICO and formulating a clinical question

Levels of Evidence and Systematic Reviews

 

Wed, June 27, 2pm – 4pm

 

 Introduction to Critical Appraisal

 Learning to critically appraise a published research is an important skill for all medical professional.  We offer regular critical appraisal training sessions, and always critically appraise a new piece of literature in every session.

Topics Covered:

Types of Bias in published research

Critical Appraisal of Randomized Controlled Trials

 

 Thu, May 24, 2:30pm – 5:00pm

Wed, June 27, 10am – 1pm

 

Advanced Critical Appraisal

 Learning to critically appraise a published research is an important skill for all medical professional.  We offer regular critical appraisal training sessions, and always critically appraise a new piece of literature in every session. This is an advanced half-day session that covers the critical appraisal of non-RCTs.

Topics Covered:

Refresher on the Critical Appraisal of Randomized Controlled Trials

Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews

Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Research

Interpreting Results, P-Values and Forest Plots

 

 Tue, August 7, 12pm – 5pm