What is a Clinical Librarian

The Clinical Librarian is a nominated individual who takes responsibility for aspects of the Medical Library which has an impact on clinical work and patient care. He or she contributes by using high quality, evidence-based resources.

The clinical librarian is a staff member who has undertaken advanced study and is able to teach the critical appraisal of the literature, provide evidence synthesis and guidelines and also ensure good high-quality evidence-based resources are used in every aspect of patient care.

More advanced literature searching is usually undertaken by the Clinical Librarian, and they can also provide regular updates on trending evidence in specific clinical areas

If you would like the clinical librarian to attend a case-conference, clinical meeting or guideline group please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Critical Appraisal training is under the remit of the Clinical Librarian and can be booked at the Training Page


Useful Evidence-Based Practice Links

CASP (Critical Appraisal Skills Programme) Checklists. This set of eight critical appraisal tools are designed to be used when reading research, they are free to download and can be used by anyone under the Creative Commons License.

Testing Treatments.  How do we know whether claims about the effects of treatments are trustworthy? How reliable is the evidence? And how do we ensure that research into medical treatments best meets the needs of patients?

The library updates small collections of trending evidence on Read by QXMD. You can follow the library collections at the user Comet_Library.1

The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. The best known of these is The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews which is the leading resource for systematic reviews in health care.

Teaching EBHC provides a platform for the global sharing of learning resources for teaching and learning Evidence-Based Health Care (EBHC). It contains many useful study materials for teaching and learning about EBHC.

Nunan D, Sullivan JO, Heneghan C, et al. Ten essential papers for the practice of evidence-based medicineEvidence-Based Medicine 2017;22:202–204.


What papers have the Clinical Librarian recently reviewed?

  • Vitamin D Supplements and Prevention of Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease.
    BACKGROUND: It is unclear whether supplementation with vitamin D reduces the risk of cancer or cardiovascular disease, and data from randomized trials are limited. METHODS: We conducted a nationwide, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, with a two-by-two factorial design, of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) at a dose of 2000 IU per day and marine n-3 (also called omega-3) fatty acids at a dose of 1 g per day for the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease among men 50 years of age or older and women 55 years of age or older in the United States...
  • Carbohydrate quality and human health: a series of systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
    BACKGROUND: Previous systematic reviews and meta-analyses explaining the relationship between carbohydrate quality and health have usually examined a single marker and a limited number of clinical outcomes. We aimed to more precisely quantify the predictive potential of several markers, to determine which markers are most useful, and to establish an evidence base for quantitative recommendations for intakes of dietary fibre. METHODS: We did a series of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of prospective studies published from database inception to April 30, 2017, and randomised controlled trials published from database inception to Feb 28, 2018, which reported on indicators of carbohydrate quality and non-communicable disease incidence, mortality, and risk factors...
  • Oral versus Intravenous Antibiotics for Bone and Joint Infection.
    BACKGROUND: The management of complex orthopedic infections usually includes a prolonged course of intravenous antibiotic agents. We investigated whether oral antibiotic therapy is noninferior to intravenous antibiotic therapy for this indication. METHODS: We enrolled adults who were being treated for bone or joint infection at 26 U.K. centers. Within 7 days after surgery (or, if the infection was being managed without surgery, within 7 days after the start of antibiotic treatment), participants were randomly assigned to receive either intravenous or oral antibiotics to complete the first 6 weeks of therapy...