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Poster Presentations 2: Even Numbers
Thursday, 02/June/2022:
12:45pm - 1:45pm

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ID: 140 / Poster Presentations 2: 1
Topics: Professionals Connected

Measuring the impact of knowledge brokers in Local Authority Public Health teams

Samuel Thomas, Charlotte Prew

UK Health Security Agency


Local Authority Public Health (LAPH) teams have been on the frontline of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic in England. As part of our institutions remit to work collaboratively and support the wider public health agenda, seven new Knowledge and Evidence Specialists (KES) roles were created to work alongside and support LAPH teams in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Key Knowledge and Library (KLS) services provided included a literature searching service, information literacy training and an enquiry service.


To measure the impact of the new KES roles in mobilising knowledge and information for LAPH teams to support their response to the Covid-19 pandemic in England.


Impact stories and feedback questionnaires were used to determine the impact the KES roles have had on LAPH teams since January 2021. Feedback was received in respect of the literature searches and information skills training provided by the KES. To determine if the new roles increased the uptake of KLS services by LAPH teams, quantitative and qualitative data was collected and analysed. This included the number of completed literature searches and enquiries, and website metrics for our institutions KLS local authority public health webpages.


Since January 2021, over 160 literature searches have been undertaken for more than 50 different LAPH teams in England. 43 hours were cumulatively spent providing virtual information skills training to LAPH teams. Website metrics analysis demonstrated a 445% increase in KLS local authority public health webpage views compared to 2020, and there was a high volume of enquiries and requests for support from LAPH teams.

Impact stories and feedback received from LAPH teams demonstrated that the KES had an impact on the work of LAPH teams. Literature searches were described as being used to support formal reports and Needs Assessments, and to inform the commissioning and planning of future services. The time saving benefits of public health information specialists undertaking literature searches for public health professionals was also noted by LAPH teams.


The increase in engagement by LAPH teams in England with the services provided by the KES’s suggests, as knowledge brokers, they were effective in promoting their services to LAPH teams. The KES have been successful in connecting with LAPH teams to support evidence-informed decision making, staff learning and continued professional development of LAPH teams during the Covid-19 pandemic. The results of this analysis will inform future workforce and service planning. It is recommended that LAPH teams continue to embed evidence-informed decision-making in their response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as other activities, by utilising the support of knowledge and information professionals.

Human touch:

Embedding services for local authority staff has given us a detailed insight into their knowledge and information needs, and our role as knowledge brokers has enabled us to facilitate open dialogue between public health professionals.

Biography and Bibliography
Samuel Thomas is a Knowledge and Evidence Specialist working for UK Health Security Agency, having started at its predecessor Public Health England in July 2019. Prior to this, he worked for Bournemouth University Library Service whilst completing a MSc in Information Management at UWE Bristol. Librarianship is a second career for Samuel, having spent 7 years working as an Orthoptist in the NHS prior to commencing his Master’s degree in 2017.

Charlotte Prew is a Knowledge and Evidence Specialist for the UK Health Security Agency. She has worked in public health librarianship since 2013, where in Public Health England she started her professional career. In 2020, she completed her MA in Information and Library Studies (at Aberystwyth University). She also has a research interest in bibliotherapy and wellbeing collections and their usage as workplace wellbeing interventions.

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ID: 144 / Poster Presentations 2: 2
Topics: Everything interesting

Participation in European Union co-funded projects opens space for more interaction between library staff and academics.

Bogumila Bruc

Information and Library Centre of the Medical University of Lodz, Poland,, Poland


For several years, the librarians at our institution have been involved in various EU co-financed projects. In collaboration with other departments of the University, many assignments have been completed, e.g. creating a new database presenting the scholarly output of academic staff; information platform about the scientific activity; and scanning old prints and placing them on a digital platform. In addition, the library was upgraded with some modern computer programs and electronic equipment. Thanks to EU funds, our librarians were able to improve their professional skills and competencies by participating in workshops both in the country and abroad. At the University, librarians had the opportunity to participate in workshops organized by staff from other departments as well as were able to share their knowledge of up-to-date resources related to scientific information.


The group of information specialists has organized a series of lectures and workshops on promoting electronic resources subscribed by the University. Among the various presentations, there are topics on the use of databases, open access licenses, how to write a scientific paper or systematic review. Many academics are not familiar with the extended library resources or expertise of the librarians. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, classes were held in-person, in the library building. During the pandemic period, classes have been conducted online on MS Teams or Big Blue Button. So far, the information specialists have led ovwe 200 sessions and have trained approximately 1,300 academics. The classes offered by the Library are still quite popular. All classes require participants to complete the pre-tests and post-tests, as well as evaluation surveys. Among the many reviews, we got outstanding recognition for our knowledge and skills. Moreover, we have noticed an increase in asking for assistance from academic teachers who attended the sessions. They are more likely to ask for help with literature search in databases or using bibliographic managers. Nowadays, we are getting more requests to organize topic-specific workshops to support faculties and students. We have also noticed that within the academic community there is an increased awareness about our proficiency to support university employees.


Thanks to taking part in EU co-funded projects we have created the opportunity to open space for interaction with other departments of the University. The important benefits are: providing expertise to the academic community, reciprocal learning to improve our services and functions. Also, we have an opportunity to grow professionally to gain additional competencies and knowledge from academic experts.

We hope to continue this collaboration and strive for excellence in providing library services.

Human Touch (Recommended)

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ID: 162 / Poster Presentations 2: 3
Topics: Information retrieval and evidence syntheses

Influence of Methodological Expertise on Assessment of Systematic Review Searches using PRISMA and AMSTAR

Melissa L. Rethlefsen1, Shelley de Kock2

1University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center, United States of America; 2Health Economics & Outcomes Research Ltd

Many studies have assessed PRISMA compliance of systematic reviews in biomedical disciplines, including items relating to information sources and search strategies. Additional studies have used AMSTAR, AMSTAR 2, or R-AMSTAR to assess systematic review quality, including the comprehensiveness of the search methods.
In this study, we will examine whether searching expertise is associated with lower perceived compliance with PRISMA items relating to search methods and AMSTAR ratings of search comprehensiveness
Method/ Program Description
We will identify studies that evaluate biomedical systematic reviews on compliance with PRISMA 2009, PRISMA 2020, or relevant PRISMA extensions (e.g., PRISMA-EcoEvo, PRISMA-S, PRISMA Harms, etc) or critically appraise them using AMSTAR, AMSTAR 2, or R-AMSTAR as a primary outcome. Studies that use PRISMA, a PRISMA extension, AMSTAR, AMSTAR 2, or R-AMSTAR as part of a critical appraisal for inclusion in a systematic review, umbrella systematic review, evidence map, or other evidence synthesis will be excluded. We will conduct a search in Ovid MEDLINE ALL <1946 to December 13, 2021> to identify studies added to MEDLINE from July 31, 2017 to the present. Earlier studies using PRISMA will be identified from Page & Moher’s prior scoping review [1]; earlier studies using AMSTAR will be identified with an additional MEDLINE search. We will screen each study for inclusion in duplicate using Covidence. For each identified study, we will determine whether the search was assessed. For each aspect of the search assessed, we will record the number of systematic reviews in the study, the number of systematic reviews meeting search-related criteria, any definitions for how the authors interpreted search-related criteria, and whether librarians or information specialists contributed to the assessment. We will also record whether the study included systematic reviews published before and/or after the publication of PRISMA 2009. Due to the heterogenous nature of the data, basic descriptive statistics will be used to present findings.
Results/ Evaluation
MEDLINE searches were conducted on December 14, 2021. 1,627 results were found. Full results will be presented at EAHIL.

Full conclusions will be presented at EAHIL.

Human Touch (Recommended)

We anticipate that this study will add to professionalism, understanding, and knowledge of information specialists as experts in systematic review work.

1. Page MJ, Moher D. Evaluations of the uptake and impact of the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) Statement and extensions: a scoping review. Syst Rev. 2017 Dec 19;6(1):263. doi: 10.1186/s13643-017-0663-8. PMID: 29258593; PMCID: PMC5738221.

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ID: 196 / Poster Presentations 2: 4
Topics: Professionals Connected

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Documentation Centre of Istituto Superiore di Sanità

Scilla Pizzarelli, Rosaria Rosanna Cammarano, Paola De Castro

Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy


The COVID-19 health emergency has changed the work life across the world. Strict rules and measures of social distancing have been introduced and, abruptly, many workers have been requested to switch to remote working.

In the early phase of the pandemic there was a total uncertainty on the virus and the disease it causes, which were later defined, respectively, “SARS-CoV-2” and “COVID-19”. The first literature searches on the new coronavirus were performed by the researchers themselves. The results of such searches-even if precious at the moment- were not so accurate as those designed by information specialists, who were immediately involved in specific searches.


The purpose of this poster is to describe the challenges faced during the compulsory home confinement by the Documentation Centre staff of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità.

Program Description

Face-to-face interactions were replaced by emails, phone calls and videoconferences on a variety of virtual platforms, such as Microsoft Teams, Google Meet and StarLeaf. This plethora of tools was used by the ISS information specialists to stay closely in touch, despite the physical distance, to share ideas and ensure effective teamwork.

Within this collaborative environment the following initiatives were adopted:

a) A COVID-19 search strategy was developed, at the very beginning of the crisis, to quickly answer potential clinical queries on the topic

b) The new subject “COVID-19” was added to the Italian Bioethics Thesaurus used for the indexing of SIBIL, a bioethical database created and mantained by the <our organization> Documentation Centre since 2001

c) A distance-learning course on PubMed, with a special focus on COVID-19 resources, was planned.


The accomplishments achieved in remote work modality included:

a) Nearly 90 literature searches were run to support ISS ongoing research activities and meet the information demands arising from the emergency. COVID-19 related searches were conducted both on biomedical databases and preprint servers in order to retrieve the latest findings on the topic

b) Almost 400 records were added to the SIBIL database, 40 of which on the ethical implications of COVID-19

c) Over 3,300 health professionals from the National Health Service were trained on the use of PubMed through the <our organization> e-learning platform

d) More than 200 full-text articles were ordered to the National Library of Medicine (Bethesda, USA) for internal and external users


For a small group of information specialists the management of information requests can be hard, but in situations out of the ordinary, like a global pandemic, the workload can become overwhelming and generate stress, anxiety and burnout.

Yet, the team members adapted their practices to the fully digital environment and used diverse channels of communication to keep alive their sense of belonging and boost collaboration.

Such a strategy enhanced job satisfaction with the final result to increase overall productivity and performances.

Human touch

The COVID-19 emergency has demonstrated that technology plays a key role in facilitating communication and building collaborative environments in absence of in-person contacts. On the other hand, it has also reminded us the importance of human touch.

Biography and Bibliography
As information professional at the ISS Documentation Sector developed knowledge and expertise in all aspects of online searching, document delivery, and professional training and teaching. In charge of the scientific organization of training courses for the National Health Service personnel interested in the retrieval of electronic information. Member of the work group “Tesauro italiano di bioetica” within the SIBIL database. Participant in various research projects. Author of publications and technical reports in the information sector (

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ID: 216 / Poster Presentations 2: 5
Topics: Professionals Connected

Knowledge makes the world go round: Librarians working together to fight the COVID infodemic

Caroline De Brún

UK Health Security Agency, United Kingdom

Introduction: This outbreak has been the opportunity for increased partnership-working among librarians. There has been an unprecedented volume of literature published about COVID-19, and a rapid response to manage all this information has been essential. With most librarians unable to travel to conferences, new opportunities have arisen to work collaboratively, and with advances in technology it has been possible to work on projects remotely with librarians around the world.

This poster highlights examples of health librarians working together to share and peer review search strategies, test and showcase new information sources, discuss issues, such as the use of preprints in research production, share details of reviews that each organisation is working on to avoid duplication of effort, inform the development of guidance for best practices for searching, and also provide moral support.

Aim: The main aims of this work were to provide professional support to colleagues, information support to users, improve quality of searches, reduce duplication by librarians and researchers, and to overcome the issue of fake news.

Program Description: When it was first announced, researchers, attempting to identify everything known about this COVID-19, rushed to publish their findings, while publishers made all their coronavirus-related content open access. Researchers bypassed the peer-review process, by launching their research on preprint servers, making their findings more quickly accessible, but without the benefit of peer-review. This opened a tidal wave of information for decision-makers and required the information management skills of librarians to bring that wave under control.

During this outbreak, librarians from the <our institute> (formerly <our institute> ) have been fortunate to work with, and learn from, information specialists and librarians from the <names of various institutions>.

Results: The results of these collaborations include robust search strategies, evaluation of new information sources, reduction in research duplication, evolved as a way of coping with the information overload that was a significant outcome of the outbreak. There has not been a formal evaluation of this activity, as it evolved organically, changing to adapt to the situation. The successes are intangible but are evident in various guises. Search results have become more robust and comprehensive, as librarians work together to identify new terms, techniques, and information sources. Working together reduced the feeling of isolation, which improved well-being. Time was saved as a result of sharing search strategies and knowledge of ongoing reviews.

Conclusion: The pandemic has highlighted the essential role that librarians play during public health emergencies. The international partnerships that have been formed have enriched research outputs and strengthened library teams working to overcome the infodemic. Professional skills have been developed and knowledge of new resources have been obtained. Librarians have acted as knowledge brokers, connecting research organisations to reduce the amount of research wastage. This poster highlights examples of librarians working together to alleviate the consequences of the infodemic, ensuring policy-makers, researchers, and the public have access to timely and accurate information.

Biography and Bibliography
The author has been a medical librarian since 1999, and has worked in difference sectors, including primary care, as an outreach librarian, secondary care, as a clinical librarian, and public health, as an embedded librarian. She has also worked in mental health, and on national projects, including a virtual library. She has co-written a book on searching skills and various chapters on knowledge management, information literacy, and research methods for health emergency and disaster risk management.

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ID: 178 / Poster Presentations 2: 6
Topics: Information retrieval and evidence syntheses

Development of extremely long search strategies in medical databases - two case studies

Wichor Bramer, Elise Krabbendam

Erasmus MC, Netherlands, The

Medical research topics often consist of many terms. For a complete overview of all relevant studies a database search should contain all terms relevant to the topic. This can be very challenging. Is there a limit to the length of the search strategy? How many proximity operators can be used in a search? Can a database handle extremely long queries?
On two separate occasions researchers from our institute asked us to create a search strategy for the terms in a document that they had prepared for us. One such document was over 100 pages long describing all metabolic diseases and it contained a wide variety of thesaurus terms and synonyms, most of which consisted of long phrases. Our aim was to develop a search working strategy for the terms in that document.
Program Description
Using the find and replace fuction in Word we were able to semi-automatically replace certain common words or expressions and transform the list of terms into a working search strategy. We tested the seach in batches of 4-5 pages to spot errors in the search that we manually corrected. The corrected search batches were then combined into one search strategy.
Results/ Evaluation
After 20 hours we had created a search working search strategy for all terms in the word document. The ultimate search was a 33 page long single search strategy that could be copied and pasted and was run in It was then translated into Medline Ovid, and ran there as well. The searches in both databases could be executed without problems, thought they took long to return the results: 2.5 minutes in and 17 minutes in Ovid.

Using find and replace functionality in MS Word information specialists can create very long search strategies. There is no limit to the complexity of searches on the platforms of and Ovid.

Human Touch (Recommended)

When confronted with extreme requests by researchers to create search strategies information specialist now have the tools to create complex search strategies. It might however be wise not to promote this among researchers as the time needed to develop such search strategies is substantial.

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ID: 150 / Poster Presentations 2: 7
Topics: Information retrieval and evidence syntheses

Using citation searching in Health Technology Assessment searches - a pilot study

Therese Svanberg, Ida Stadig

Medical Library, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden


The concept of using citation analysis in systematic literature searches has grown in recent years. Up til now, our group of information specialists have only been using backward citation searching and would now like to explore other areas of citation analysis, such as forward citation.

The information specialists at our medical library perform literature searches to hospital employees, as well as to a regional Health Technology Assessment (HTA) unit. In the HTA projects, the information specialists both perform the literature searches and screen records for inclusion. This gives us a unique opportunity to evaluate searches, knowing which articles are included in the final report.


In a small batch of literature searches for our regional HTA unit we will compare our standard method of searching, ie using bibliographic databases and backward citation tracking, with a new way of searching using forward citation tracking. Does it retrieve additional relevant studies? How could this method be used in our search routine?

Method/ Program Description

We will use Web of Science, Scopus and some web-based tool/s for forward citation searching to perform a retroactive evaluation of a small number of systematic literature searches for HTA reports. We will investigate if forward citation searching would have retrieved all included articles and if it would have added relevant articles not already included.

We will also use this method in at least one ongoing HTA project, to investigate how best to incorporate it in our search routine.

Results/ Evaluation

This will be a small case study to explore the possibilities of incorporating forward citation searching in our standard searching procedure. Results will be presented in the final poster.


Since this will only be a small case study, conclusions drawn can only be very tentative and used as a basis for further research.

Human Touch (Recommended)

This is an exciting area new to us. We want to take this opportunity to explore and learn new things, hoping to improve our search process.

Biography and Bibliography
The authors work at a medical library at a university hospital and have been working with information retrieval for systematic reviews and health technology assessments for several years.

Stadig I, Svanberg T. Overview of information retrieval in a hospital-based
health technology assessment center in a Swedish region. Int J Technol Assess
Health Care. 2021 Apr 12;37(1):e52. doi: 10.1017/S0266462321000106.

Databases used for systematic reviews – how much is enough? Therese Svanberg, Ida Stadig. POSTER 4. Poster Presentation Abstracts. Eahil Lodz 2020.

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Topics: Education

Youtube videos for improving literacy skills for cancer healthcare professionals and improve patient empowerment.

Chiara Cipolat Mis, Emanuela Ferrarin, Mattia Garutti, Fabio Puglisi, Riccardo Bianchet

CRO Aviano, National Cancer Institute, IRCCS, Italy


Health communication emerges as one of the most issues in current years. Although health care professionals have historically been the primary source of information for patients, the Internet era has widely reshaped this paradigm [1]. Within cancer setting, information and communication are particularly challenging because of patients wide needs [2], also in the time of COVID. According to the objective of “Communication skills training for healthcare professionals working with people who have cancer”[3] Scientific and Patients Library at CRO Aviano, National Cancer Institute, IRCCS, Aviano, Italy, continues the production of patients leaflets [4] and the organization of patients and family classes. To extend these information tools and promote physicians and HCPs communication skills, a new set of informative videos (Filodietto project) has been included in our Patient Education and Empowerment programme [5].


Improving patients empowerment and communication skills of physicians and HCPs through a process of building informative videos in partnership with health librarians.

Method/ Program Description

The topics for videos have been selected considering patients information needs, collected from everyday clinical practice.

Filodiretto drafts are built in three steps:

1 Physicians and HCPs write drafts using spontaneous medical language (technical-scientific)

2 Drafts are processed from the health librarians with an expertise in communication with patients

3 Adapted drafts are confirmed by a scientific committee and by the authors

Authors are physicians or HCPs of our Institute, experts on the topic. Health librarians are experts on language review process and plain language rules [6]. The Scientific Commettee is made up of 2 oncologists and an oncology academic scientist, from School of Medical Oncology, University of Udine.

The videos are performed and edited by a professionist, graphics plainness is evaluated as well.

A questionnaire will be administered to physicians and HCPs writing drafts for videos asking their experience in turning their technical/scientific language into simple language.

Results/ Evaluation

The first set of videos is expected to be online by April 2022 and qualitative data from physicians and HCPs participating to the project will be available.


We expect such a training would improve communication skills in everyday practice with patients among physicians and other HCPs. The success of videos viewing and sharing possibly will involve other physicians/HCPs to adopt proper communication skills.

Human Touch (Recommended)

Our project is expected to improve patient-physicians information and communication.

[1] Hirono I., Health literacy and health communication, BioPsycoSocial Medicine 2010, 4:18

[2] Kelly T., Radiation therapist health literacy training: Does lerning alternate communication methods translate into improved confidence in patient interactions?, Radiography 2020, 26:220-226

[3] Moore PM, Communication skills training for healthcare professionals working with people who have cancer, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2018, 7

[4] Cipolat Mis C., CROinforma Patient Education Handouts: Health librarian as a key for a real co-production, EAHIL Poster 2017

[5] Truccolo I., Patient-centered cancer care programs in Italy: benchmarking global patient education initiatives, Journal of Cancer Education 2016, 31 405-412

[6] Mazzocut M., ETHIC: evaluation tool of health information consumers, Biblioteche Oggi 2014, 32, 10

Biography and Bibliography
Chiara Cipolat Mis and Emanuela Ferrarin are patients librarians and information specialists. Chiara has a degree in Philosophy, Emanuela has a degree in Pharmacy. Both are involved in Patient Education & Empowerment Program and coordinators of patient information leaflets series named CROinforma (

•Mazzocut M., Cipolat Mis C., Ferrarin E., Gruarin N., Ciolfi L., Michilin N., De Paoli P., Franceschi S., Truccolo I. Embedding librarian skills in a Patient Education & Empowerment research project, from design to evaluation: a complete guide. EAHIL 2019 – Learn - Share - Act - Bridge Borders, Basel, 17-20 June, 2019. Poster Abstracts Eahil 2019
•Francescon S., Truccolo I, Bianchini C., Cantù P., Ferrarin E., Cipolat Mis C., Michilin N., Ciolfi L., Mazzocut M. The librarian as an antidote: recognizing the misinformation online to improve the educational reference for patients. European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) 12 – 16 June 2017 / Dublin Castle / Ireland
•Insieme ai pazienti. Costruire la patient education nelle strutture sanitarie. (Prospettive) a cura di Truccolo I., Cipolat Mis C., De Paoli P., Roma, Il pensiero scientifico, 2016:

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