Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Research Protocols

Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Research Protocols

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Comment on Cooper ID. Three ideas to advance our research base [editorial]. J Med Libr Assoc. 2015 Oct;103(4):169-70. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3163/ 1536-5050.103.4.001.

To the editor, I always thought it would be a good idea if we could get research skilled people together in our profession to work together to develop research protocols on important topics. If we could develop protocols on important topics, perhaps these could be implemented through a new position created at all the Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs). The RMLs could each hire a research coordinator, and there could also be a national level office for all RMLs staffed with biostatisticians and methodologists. Or each RML could be required to provide these services as part of their contract from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

The protocols could be applied for like National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) grants are now. Recipients would have to follow the protocol exactly like in large randomized controlled drug trials. For example, if there were a protocol on clinical librarianship, then libraries, both academic, and hospital, could apply to participate. …

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