Evidence Informed Healthcare

Jerome Coffey and Brendan Leen promoting evidence informed healthcare

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”

Librarians enable Evidence Informed Healthcare

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.

Charter for Evidence Informed Healthcare

The Evidence Informed Healthcare charter sets out the principles of evidence informed healthcare and the role of patients, providers, policy makers and librarians in enabling evidence in practice.

A key message for the National Health Library and Knowledge Service is that Libraries and library staff enable evidence informed healthcare.”

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?

By signing the charter you will
1) help promote awareness of the importance of evidence informed healthcare in Ireland among patients, healthcare practitioners and health policy makers.
2) raise the profile of health librarians in enabling evidence informed healthcare.

How can I sign it?

Please sign the charter using this online form. Alternatively, please 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.

Tweet your support ?

If you use Twitter, please tweet a link to your signed charter or simply Tweet “I support #evidenceinformedhealthcare @hselibrary”.

Who supported the Charter?

Please search Twitter using #EvidenceInformedHealthcare to see who has supported the Charter and shared the message.

I have more questions, who can I contact?

If you need further information please contact your local hselibrary.