Evidence Informed Healthcare

The HSE's National Health Library and Knowledge Service is leading a national communications campaign aimed at highlighting the increasingly prominent role of librarians and library services in enabling evidence informed healthcare.  The campaign is being run in partnership with the Department of Health, National Patient Safety Office, Health Science Libraries Group and with input from Patient Focus and health librarians in Ireland.

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The key message for the campaign is that “Libraries and library staff enable evidence informed healthcare.” 

 On 31st July, 2017 an Evidence Informed Healthcare Charter was launched.  The charter sets out the principles of evidence informed healthcare and the role of patients, providers, policy makers and librarians in enabling evidence in practice.

Who is the charter for?
The charter is for people in receipt of healthcare (patients and clients), people who provide care (healthcare professionals), people who manage health policy (Government) and people who enable evidence informed healthcare (health librarians).
Why should I sign it?
You are encouraged to sign the charter for the following reasons:
1) to help promote awareness of the importance of evidence informed healthcare in Ireland among patients, healthcare practitioners and health policy makers.  
2) to raise the profile of health librarians in enabling evidence informed healthcare.

How can I sign it?

Download the Word version of the charter here, sign it and return to: National Health Service Librarian, HSE, Rm. 2.58, Dr. Steevens' Hospital, Dublin 8.

What happens next?

If you use Twitter, please tweet a link to your signed charter or simply Tweet "I signed the #evidenceinformedhealthcare charter @hselibrary".  If you are not using Twitter, we will capture signatures and make them available on these webpages.

Who has signed the Charter?

Please search Twitter using #EvidenceInformedHealthcare to see who has already signed the Charter.  A full list of names will be made available at the end of 2017.  Please see signatures from the Department of Health and the National Health Service Librarian.

I have more questions, who can I contact?

If you need further information please contact hselibrary

Health librarians and libraries acquire, organise and make accessible best available evidence to answer the 100,000 healthcare questions that arise annually in the HSE as part of the delivery of modern standards of patient care. Whether at ward or departmental level, or in supporting National Clinical Programmes such as the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee, National Patient Safety Office or the National Cancer Control Programme, the expertise of librarians in sourcing best evidence is making a key contribution to the wider quality and safety agenda.

 The Twitter hashtag for the campaign is #EvidenceInformedHealthcare.

Here are some of the key stakeholders lending their support to the HSE National Health Library & Knowledge Service campaign:


Richard Corbridge (HSE CIO) with National HSE Librarian Aoife Lawton. "Librarians are the catalyst turning evidence into practice".


Dr. Jerome Coffey (left, Director of NCCP) gets in the frame with HSE librarian Brendan Leen: the "library provides essential support for NCCP clinical guidelines"


Marian Sullivan and Sharon Devins (HSE North West Occupational Health services): "Get library specialists to support us in our role".


Dr Malachy Feely (National HR Investigation Unit): HSE library service provides "easily accessible, informative data".

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Prof. Elizabeth Kean in the frame: "librarians & info scientists are the bedrock enabling us to produce our evidence."


Biddy O'Neill (Department of Health): "Accurate information is critical from a relaible source - use the library!"


Nancy O'Neill, Occupational Health nurse (with HSE librarian Dymphna McGettigan): libraries are "an endless source of knowledge".


Dr Eimer O'Connell gets in the frame: "Librarians source the most recent & best evidence".


Aileen Killeen with HSE Librarian Gethin White: "libraries are a fantastic inhouse support to literature reviews".


Leena Sakajarvi and Hanna Kivela from Finland: "libraries support research and get clients information".


Claire Carroll and Rosie Beardsley.