Information in Action

Content from the Information in Action lunch and learn series.

Presented by

Leah Boulos

Evidence Synthesis Coordinator
Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU)

Melissa Helwig

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

Lara Killian

Librarian Educator, Patient Pamphlets
Nova Scotia Health Authority

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

Melissa Rothfus

Scholarly Communications Librarian
W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library, Dalhousie University

Supported by

Introduction to Review Methodologies - Choosing the Appropriate Approach for Your Purpose

Systematic review or scoping review?  Rapid review or overview? And what the heck is a realist review? There are many different types of evidence synthesis, and choosing the right methodology for your review project can be a daunting task. This session will help you navigate some of the most common types of reviews, each of which has been developed to serve a unique purpose. 

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify appropriate scenarios for each review type
  • Learn about the steps and resources involved in completing reviews
  • Articulate what each review type can and cannot accomplish

CPGs, SOPs, PPGPs, Oh My! What Guidance Document Format is Right for You?

Are you confused about the right guidance document (e.g. policy, clinical practice guideline, procedure, etc.) to meet your needs? Join Katie McLean (Librarian Educator, NSHA Library Services) and Michelle Helliwell (Provincial Policy Manager, NSHA) as they explore the nitty gritty of guidance document definition and process. We’ll address the differences between formats, as well as provide options to help you reflect on your needs and navigate existing supports.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the difference between commonly used guidance documents in health care such as policies, procedures, standards, and clinical practice guidelines (CPGs)
  • Understand the function of different guidance documents in specific contexts
  • Understand how different guidance documents are created
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues about choice of guidance document
  • Identify relevant and existing CPGs from authoritative resources

Plain Language Products & Clear Writing Tips

Is it sometimes tricky to communicate clearly in writing? How can you be confident your audience understands your message? Do you find yourself answering follow up questions you thought you addressed in the original message or document? Join Lara Killian (Librarian Educator, NSHA Library Services) and Margaret Angus (NSHA Senior Communications Advisor, Patient Relations) for plain language writing tips and multi-purpose communications strategies. We’ll cover patient letters, emails, and patient education pamphlets with tips and resources that you can use to write for any audience.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify complex language and medical jargon, and consider clearer ways to express critical information
  • Use practical strategies to simplify and clarify language without losing meaning
  • Flag and remove extra info that distracts from your core message
  • Consider your audience and adjust your writing to be both clear and concise

Bringing Together Your Research Profiles - Products and Metrics for Maximum Impact

Join Melissa Helwig and Melissa Rothfus (Dahousie University Libraries) as they walk you through a few tools and suggestions to help you look at your online research footprint and provide tips to help you tidy it up. They will also review research metrics.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Create an ORCID and Google Scholar Profile
  • Identify some research metric tools and their advantages and limitations