Information in Action

Content from the Information in Action lunch and learn series.

Presented by

Leah Boulos

Evidence Synthesis Coordinator

Melissa Helwig

Information Services Librarian
W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library, Dalhousie University

Lara Killian


Katie McLean

Librarian Educator, Staff Training & Education
Nova Scotia Health Authority

Robin Parker

‎Health Sciences Evidence Synthesis and Information Services Librarian
W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library, Dalhousie University

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Identifying Information Gaps

Professionals working in healthcare practice and research ask complicated questions that have a number of components and variable terminology. Have you ever requested a literature search, only to get back results that don’t match what you thought you asked for? Do you sometimes find yourself searching databases like PubMed or CINAHL, only to end up down a rabbit hole of seemingly irrelevant results?  Learn how to frame a research question so that you get the results you’re really looking for.

This interactive session will help you break down the parts of your question so you can submit a clearly articulated literature search request and carry out a methodological database search that will get you the results you’re really interested in. 

Screening & Appraising Results

In the era of “fake news”, it is not just the news that needs a critical lens. In research, appraisal is a process that extends from selecting a source of information to choosing individual studies for a literature review. Take this opportunity to hone your ability to evaluate the quality of information across a wide spectrum of resources. Skills taught in this session will include using the CRAAP test to assess websites, learning about critical appraisal tools for journal articles, and evaluating the appropriateness of methodologies for answering different types of research questions. Be aware, be vigilant, and make informed choices about the sources you use for work or research.

Synthesizing Information

How do healthcare workers and support staff research and gather information for different knowledge resources, like research papers, patient education pamphlets or policies?

What does it take to identify and gather up the research, create a draft, invite and consolidate stakeholder feedback, and finalize the end product? This session will cover how people in different healthcare roles gather, evaluate and synthesize information.

Our panel of researchers and healthcare staff directly involved in creating knowledge resources will respond to questions related to:

  • Collecting and organizing information for your projects
  • Selecting and evaluating information sources
  • Collaborating with stakeholders/reviewers
  • Consolidating stakeholder/reviewer feedback Synthesizing work to a final product


Using Knowledge to Change Practice

This session will highlight an evidence building process that is being used in Central Zone by a diverse group of recreation therapy professionals in the Rehabilitation and Supportive Care portfolio.  

The process they used is based on a workshop presented by recreation therapists from British Columbia at the 2014 Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association.  

NSHA recreation therapists will show how they are bringing the evidence building process to life by highlighting very practical tools and real life experiences. Learn what is possible when you move from learning about how into real world application.