Librarian helps to start online health info service
Saskatchewan’s Health Quality Council (HQC) announced March 10 the province is the first in Canada to give all residents free Internet access to the most reliable, up-to-date research on health care interventions.
And a U of S staff member is being given credit for getting the major project going in the first place. HQC Communications Consultant Sheila Ragush says U of S Health Sciences Library Head Janet Bangma was involved early in the database’s umbrella organization, the Cochrane Network, and “got the ball rolling on this project”.
Saskatchewan people can now log onto the Cochrane Library’s large Internet database (at www.thecochranelibrary.com) and find information designed to help health-care providers make evidence-based treatment decisions and inform patients about the care they receive.
Previously only available in Saskatchewan through $300 individual subscriptions or institutional subscriptions, the Cochrane Library is now available free thanks to a provincial licence secured by the HQC, the U of S site group of the Cochrane Network, the Saskatchewan Provincial Library, and the database licensing program involving all Saskatchewan libraries.
This new resource is available in health-care facilities and offices in all 13 health regions, in all public libraries around the province, and individuals can access it from home through their local library’s website. The Health Quality Council is paying for the licence until December 2007, and is helping train health care providers and librarians in health regions and libraries across the province.